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murky

or mirky

[mur-kee] /ˈmɜr ki/
adjective, murkier, murkiest.
1.
dark, gloomy, and cheerless.
2.
obscure or thick with mist, haze, etc., as the air.
3.
vague; unclear; confused:
a murky statement.
Origin of murky
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50, murky is from the Middle English word mirky. See murk, -y1
Related forms
murkily, adverb
murkiness, noun
Synonyms
1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.
Antonyms
1, 2. bright, clear.
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  • All the murkiness, all the shame through which he had passed in Paris horrified him.

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  • Will's devotion to me was the only ray of light in the murkiness of my spirit.

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  • After our past week of glorious sunshine, this return to murkiness is far from pleasing.

  • Once more the tug took form, and the deck of the scow was revealed to the girl in all its murkiness.

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • They went outside to allow the murkiness to settle in the cabin, and Rick consulted his watch.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Paris is bright and warm and sunny, and contrasts incredibly with the murkiness of London.

  • This had for a time been stirred into some degree of murkiness by the feet of those who pressed curiously about the sampan.

    The Red Miriok Anna M. Barnes
  • And Nina, with her murkiness, was manifestly in love with this spiritual, this mystical young man.

    The Creators

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British Dictionary definitions for murkiness

murky

/ˈmɜːkɪ/
adjective murkier, murkiest, mirkier, mirkiest
1.
gloomy or dark
2.
cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog
Derived Forms
murkily, mirkily, adverb
murkiness, mirkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for murkiness

murky

adj.

mid-14c., from murk + -y (2). Rare before 17c. Related: Murkily; murkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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