His realistic view keeps him from seeing the significance of human right considerations.

Is there any verb to be used instead of "keeps him from seeing" in the above sentence?

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    blind (verb) 2. deprive (someone) of understanding, judgement, or perception [ODO] "he was blinded by his faith"
    – NVZ
    Nov 28, 2016 at 16:18
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    'blinds him to'?
    – Spagirl
    Nov 28, 2016 at 16:18
  • You could look in a thesaurus for synonyms of conceal and obscure and see if anything there suits. thesaurus.com/browse/conceal will get you started.
    – 1006a
    Nov 28, 2016 at 16:39
  • 'To pull the wool over someone's eyes' -- not so much a verb, more of an idiom that means to do something to prevent somebody from knowing about something. Dec 4, 2016 at 9:24

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Blinkering can stand for “keeping someone from seeing something”.


blinker VERB


1.1 Cause (someone) to have a narrow or limited outlook on a situation:
‘university education blinkers researchers so that they see poverty in terms of their own specialization’

‘A quarter-century of industrial thinking originating from Europe and North America continues to blinker us from this reality.’


His realism-based views blinded him to the importance of respecting of human rights.


He was blinded by his realism-based views, and could not understand the importance of respecting human rights.

He was blind to the importance of respecting human rights.

He was blinded by his realism-based views.

In usage, to be "blinded to" and / or "blinded by" can each specify the cause and the object of selective understanding or perception, or they can focus only on the cause or only on the object.

A highly related proverb is "There are none so blind as those who will not see." Unlike "blinded by" and more like "blind to" it can indicate innate, intentional, or willful ignorance, as might be implied by "He was blind to human rights."

  • I like your idea. I suggest you replace realistic with pragmatic. Nov 29, 2016 at 0:41
  • @aparente001 -- I agree! I have "realistic" because it is the original language example given by the OP -- but I think "pragmatic" works better. If you suggest OP update the question, I'll update the answer. Nov 29, 2016 at 0:44
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    Personally I think you should go ahead and change your answer. I think this would strengthen your answer. (It looks a little weird right now!) Optionally, you could explain why. Nov 29, 2016 at 0:50
  • Just like to mention that the "realistic" in the original question is supposed to refer to realism in international relations, a view to the effect that countries' foreign policies should be guided only by national interests.
    – user208051
    Dec 1, 2016 at 6:47
  • Interesting. Using "realistic" in describing someone is usually an assessment -- like a synonym for "accurate", which is why it sounds odd in context: His accurate views blinded him.... Perhaps "his realism-based views"? Dec 1, 2016 at 6:51

How about obscure (as suggested by 1006a) or mask?


obscure: to make dark, dim, or indistinct; to conceal or hide by or as if by covering

mask: to cover up

Your example:

His realistic view obscures the significance of human right considerations.

His realistic view masks the significance of human right considerations.

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