✅ Obscure and murky both describe things that aren’t clear because of certain circumstances. These can be physical things or non-physical things (The facts were obscure; The details of the case were murky).
✅ When used to describe physical things, obscure suggests that something isn’t clear because of interference with the light or your vision (He sat in an obscure corner of the restaurant). Murky suggests a kind of darkness that’s thick or misty, and hard to see through (They suddenly materialized from the murky shadows).
✅ If someone’s meaning is obscure, then it is hard to understand because they haven’t expressed themselves well. Murky can also describe arguments, ideas, and thoughts, but is less common in that context.
✅ Murky is so often used with the word water that it is now part of a metaphor (I couldn’t navigate the murky waters of his argument).
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