1 a : thick or opaque with or as with roiled sediment
b : heavy with smoke or mist
b : characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions)
Did You Know?
Turbid and turgid (which means "swollen or distended" or "overblown, pompous, or bombastic") are frequently mistaken for one another, and it's no wonder. Not only do the two words differ by only a letter, they are often used in contexts where either word could fit. For example, a flooded stream can be simultaneously cloudy and swollen, and badly written prose might be both unclear and grandiloquent. Nevertheless, the distinction between these two words, however fine, is an important one for conveying exact shades of meaning, so it's a good idea to keep them straight. Turbid, like its relative turbulent, comes ultimately from the Latin noun turba, meaning "confusion" or "crowd."
The speed of the water flowing over the dam becomes obvious only when one observes the turbid water roiling below.
"Muddy, nutrient-rich lake water can harm the river, making it turbid and feeding algae blooms. Plus, it just looks nasty." — Amy Bennett Williams, The Naples (Florida) Daily News, 21 Oct. 2020
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What 5-letter antonym of turbid (relating to "obscurity") begins with "l"?VIEW THE ANSWER
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