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Synonyms for murky
ˈmɜr kimurky

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  1. murkyadjective


  2. murkyadjective

    Hard to see through, as a fog or mist.


  3. murkyadjective

    Gloomy, dark, dim.


  4. murkyadjective

    Obscure, indistinct, cloudy.


  5. murkyadjective

    Dishonest, shady.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. murky

    Strictly, that which is black is absolutely destitute of color; that which is dark is absolutely destitute of light. In common speech, however, a coat is black, tho not optically colorless; the night is dark, tho the stars shine. That is obscure, shadowy, or shady from which the light is more or less cut off. Dusky is applied to objects which appear as if viewed in fading light; the word is often used, as are swart and swarthy, of the human skin when quite dark, or even verging toward black. Dim refers to imperfection of outline, from distance, darkness, mist, etc., or from some defect of vision. Opaque objects, as smoked glass, are impervious to light. Murky is said of that which is at once dark, obscure, and gloomy; as, a murky den; a murky sky. Figuratively, dark is emblematic of sadness, agreeing with somber, dismal, gloomy, also of moral evil; as, a dark deed. Of intellectual matters, dark is now rarely used in the old sense of a dark saying, etc. See MYSTERIOUS; OBSCURE.

    Compare synonyms for LIGHT.

    black, dark, dim, dismal, dusky, gloomy, mysterious, obscure, opaque, sable, shadowy, shady, somber, swart, swarthy

    bright, brilliant, clear, crystalline, dazzling, gleaming, glowing, illumined, light, lucid, luminous, radiant, shining, transparent, white

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cloudy, muddy, mirky, murky, turbidadjective

    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment

    "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters"

    dingy, miry, waterlogged, nebulose, mucky, soggy, sloughy, sloppy, nebulous, marshy, dirty, cloudy, muddied, swampy, squashy, quaggy, muddy, boggy, mirky, turbid

    clear, unshaded

  2. murky, mirkyadjective

    dark or gloomy

    "a murky dungeon"; "murky rooms lit by smoke-blackened lamps"

    cloudy, mirky, turbid, muddy

    clear, unshaded

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. murkyadjective

    dark, gloomy, obscure, dim, cloudy, clouded, dusky, lurid, overcast, lowering

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. murkyadjective

    lowering, dark

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "murky":

    shady, dark, opaque, obscure, gloomy, bleak, dubious, equivocal, dodgy

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  1. Prokopis Pavlopoulos:

    Let the British Museum come here and make the comparison between this (Acropolis) museum of light and the murky, if I may say, prison of the British Museum where the Parthenon Marbles are held as trophies.

  2. Marie Snodgrass:

    There’s a lot of misconceptions about open water versus swimming pools. There are definitely hidden dangers in open water that people don’t think about, even in a pond. It’s murky, it’s not clear, it’s hard to see how deep it is.

  3. President Trump:

    It's pretty reasonable to project a strategy for the next 12 months but frankly when you start talking about three to five years, it gets really murky really fast, cEOs are expected to not only understand technologies that didn't exist one or two years ago but to make strategic decisions as to which investments to make, and the pace of these changes have staggering consequences if you get it wrong.

  4. Jessica Bolter:

    It has been murky, setting out clear and accurate information about how and who might get in might lead to fewer migrants making the trip, so there’s not this game of chance that kind of seems to be in place right now.

  5. Hal Rogers:

    At this point, it’s a dream, it’s too murky at the moment. It will be tough to pass these bills.

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