The writer’s essay includes some valid points, but they are obnubilated by his convoluted prose style.
“Early street lighting had the disconcerting effect of obnubilating as well as illuminating urban space.” — Matthew Beaumont, Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London, 2015
Did You Know?
The meaning of obnubilate becomes clearer when you know that its ancestors are the Latin terms ob– (meaning “in the way”) and nubes (“cloud”). It’s a high-flown sounding word, which may be why it often turns up in texts by and about politicians.