figures of obscuring
figures of speech
groupings index

While an argument can be made that any rhetorical figure is an obscuring of meaning, there are some figures which are explicitly intended to make understanding difficult or impossible.
  • enigma
    Obscuring one's meaning by presenting it within a riddle or by means of metaphors that purposefully challenge the reader or hearer to understand.
  • schematismus
    Concealing a meaning by using figurative language, either out of necessity or for humor's sake.
  • noema
    An obscure and subtle speech.
  • allegory
    A sustained metaphor continued through whole sentences or even through a whole discourse. While not necessarily obscuring, it can be.
  • skotison
    Purposeful obscurity.

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