murkiness

Murkiness is a quality of being foggy or muddy. You may note the murkiness of a pond and, fearing leeches (or sea monsters), decide not to swim with your friends.

Your sailboat might cut through the murkiness of a foggy bay, and an alligator hunter might brave a swamp's murkiness. Figuratively, murkiness can mean a state of being unclear, sometimes deliberately: "The murkiness of those back-room deals makes me very distrustful of the whole organization." Murkiness comes from the noun murk, "darkness that makes it difficult to see."

Definitions of murkiness
  1. noun
    an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance
    synonyms: fog, fogginess, murk
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    types:
    fug
    (British informal) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere
    type of:
    atmosphere, atmospheric state
    the weather or climate at some place
  2. noun
    the quality of being cloudy
    synonyms: cloudiness, muddiness
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    turbidity, turbidness
    muddiness created by stirring up sediment or having foreign particles suspended
    haziness, mistiness, steaminess, vaporousness, vapourousness
    cloudiness resulting from haze or mist or vapor
    type of:
    opacity, opaqueness
    the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light
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