murk

[murk]
noun
1.
darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
adjective
2.
Archaic. dark; murky.
Also, mirk.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark

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murk or mirk1 (mɜːk)
 
n
1.  gloomy darkness
 
adj
2.  an archaic variant of murky
 
[C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark]
 
mirk or mirk1
 
n
 
adj
 
[C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark]

murk2 (mɜːk)
 
vb
1.  to murder (a person)
2.  to defeat (a team) convincingly
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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murk
c.1200, from O.N. myrkr "darkness," from myrkr "dark," cognate with O.E. mierce "dark," from P.Gmc. *merkwjo-, with no known cognates outside Gmc. Murk Monday was long the name in Scotland for the great solar eclipse of March 29, 1652 (April 8, New Style).
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Example sentences
Amid the murk and drizzly mists in which the drama is played out, he becomes
  some dreadful and pathetic creature of darkness.
Its aluminum skin, lit by powerful dive lights suspended from the barge, shone
  faintly in the greenish murk.
Bugs were swarming around my headlamp, and someone pulled on a rope and this
  huge fish came up out of the murk.
Because of the murk surrounding the hoard's discovery, it may never be
  authenticated to scientists' full satisfaction.
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