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the turbid underworld of illegal drug traffickers
  of liquids:  clouded as with sediment

of thinking or conditions:  confused and not clear
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  • the turbid underworld of illegal drug traffickers
  • unsettled by a flow of turbid thoughts and feelings
  • The turbid river was encumbered with masses of charred wood, with black hulks of vessels, and skeletons of fallen bridges….
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • We lingered for another hour, and again, as at Coney Island, Leslie gently but irresistibly seized the conversational helm, steering us into turbid backwaters and eerie lagoons where I, at least, had never ventured with a female.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Alas! betwixt me and you, the turbid waters roll.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I leave a white and turbid wake; pale waters, paler cheeks, where’er I sail.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was now early spring, and the river was swollen and turbulent; great cakes of floating ice were swinging heavily to and fro in the turbid waters.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Mr. Stryver shouldered his way through the law, like some great engine forcing itself through turbid water, and dragged his useful friend in his wake, like a boat towed astern.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The turbid water, swollen by the heavy rain, was rushing rapidly on below; and all other sounds were lost in the noise of its plashing and eddying against the green and slimy piles.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • And already was coming across the turbid waves a tumult of a sound full of terror at which both the shores trembled.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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  • At length Uncas, whose activity had enabled him to achieve his portion of the task the soonest, raked the earth across the turbid little rill which ran from the spring, and diverted its course into another channel.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • All John Reed’s violent tyrannies, all his sisters’ proud indifference, all his mother’s aversion, all the servants’ partiality, turned up in my disturbed mind like a dark deposit in a turbid well.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The Devon’s course was determined by some familiar hills a little inland; it rose among highland farms and forests which we knew, passed at the end of its course through the school grounds, and then threw itself with little spectacle over a small waterfall beside the diving dam, and into the turbid Naguamsett.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Those were slow, silent, often turbid; flowing over beds of mud into which the incautious wader might sink and vanish unawares.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • When, however, the Siren disappears and dives below, down among the dead men, the water of course grows turbid over her, and it is labour lost to look into it ever so curiously.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Behind the fog there was the flowing of water, the cracking and floating of ice, the swift rush of turbid, foaming torrents; and on the following Monday, in the evening, the fog parted, the storm clouds split up into little curling crests of cloud, the sky cleared, and the real spring had come.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Simultaneously Amory classed him with the crowd, and he seemed no longer Sloane of the debonair humor and the happy personality, but only one of the evil faces that whirled along the turbid stream.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Crowned with heavy lotus-blossoms you had sat on the prow of Adrian’s barge, gazing across the green turbid Nile.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The tin tricolour flag still swings at the top of the church-steeple; the two chintz streamers still flutter in the wind from the linen-draper’s; the chemist’s fetuses, like lumps of white amadou, rot more and more in their turbid alcohol, and above the big door of the inn the old golden lion, faded by rain, still shows passers-by its poodle mane.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • She turned away from him, walked to the open window and stood a moment looking into the dusky void of the street, where a turbid gaslight alone represented social animation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …superstitious period, most of whom were wont to atone for the crimes they were guilty of by liberality to the church, stupefying by this means their terrors by the idea of atonement and forgiveness; and although the refuge which success thus purchased, was no more like to the peace of mind which follows on sincere repentance, than the turbid stupefaction procured by opium resembles healthy and natural slumbers, it was still a state of mind preferable to the agonies of awakened remorse.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • There was no opening except the door, always open, and the air without had the turbid yellow light of sand-storms.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • The rabbit fetched up against the grating, drifted a little way along it, found the bottom and crawled out of the turbid water.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Innocent, in the mist through which she saw her father, and the prison, and the turbid living river that flowed through it and flowed on.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She turned away from him, walked to the open window and stood a moment looking into the dusky void of the street, where a turbid gaslight alone represented social animation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • And while Newman, with his head on one side and his hands behind him sounded the marquis’s turbid gaze with his own, he added, "Certainly, that is not worth sitting down about."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • In their front were stretched those broad plains, which extend, with so little diversity of character, to the bases of the Rocky Mountains; and many long and dreary miles in their rear, foamed the swift and turbid waters of La Platte.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Perhaps, worn out by exposure, starvation, disease, he had found an end in some hospital, or in an access of despair had sought death in the turbid Seine; but perhaps with his Southern instability he had given up the struggle of his own accord, and now, a clerk in some office in Madrid, turned his fervent rhetoric to politics and bull-fighting.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Of the turbid pool that lies in the autumn forest, Of the moon that descends the steeps of the soughing twilight, Toss, sparkles of day and dusk—toss on the black stems that decay in the muck, Toss to the moaning gibberish of the dry limbs.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Right on behind they came; and, nerved with strength such as God gives only to the desperate, with one wild cry and flying leap, she vaulted sheer over the turbid current by the shore, on to the raft of ice beyond.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Those turbid waters, hurrying, foaming, tearing along, an apt resemblance of that headlong tide of business which is poured along its wave by a race more vehement and energetic than any the old world ever saw.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • That beck itself was then a torrent, turbid and curbless: it tore asunder the wood, and sent a raving sound through the air, often thickened with wild rain or whirling sleet; and for the forest on its banks, THAT showed only ranks of skeletons.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure, one could not wear over one’s face a mask of glass, nor keep the sulphurous fumes from troubling the brain, and making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Perspiring and puffing and darting about in eccentric directions, and becoming hotter and dingier every moment, he lashed the tide of the yard into a most agitated and turbid state.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Mr Merdle involuntarily turned his eyes in the direction of the nearest mirror, and asked, with a slow determination of his turbid blood to his temples, whether a man was to be called to account for his digestion?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Then he was seen drifting away in the torrent, and dyeing the turbid waters with his blood.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Mars draws a flame from Val di Magra wrapped in turbid clouds, and with impetuous and bitter storm shall it be opposed upon Campo Piceno, where it shall suddenly rend the mist, so that every White shall thereby be smitten.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The river took its rise near the base of the Rocky Mountains, and, after washing a vast extent of plain, it mingled its waters with a still larger stream, to become finally lost in the turbid current of the Missouri.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • They selected theatre tickets at Tyson’s for a play that had a four-drink programme—a play with two monotonous voices, with turbid, gloomy scenes, and lighting effects that were hard to follow when his eyes behaved so amazingly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The boat moved on,—freighted with its weight of sorrow,—up the red, muddy, turbid current, through the abrupt tortuous windings of the Red river; and sad eyes gazed wearily on the steep red-clay banks, as they glided by in dreary sameness.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • …after his supper was concluded; and when, accordingly, Queequeg and a forecastle seaman came on deck, no small excitement was created among the sharks; for immediately suspending the cutting stages over the side, and lowering three lanterns, so that they cast long gleams of light over the turbid sea, these two mariners, darting their long whaling-spades, kept up an incessant murdering of the sharks,* by striking the keen steel deep into their skulls, seemingly their only vital part.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • When he had done, instead of feeling better, calmer, more enlightened by his discourse, I experienced an inexpressible sadness; for it seemed to me — I know not whether equally so to others — that the eloquence to which I had been listening had sprung from a depth where lay turbid dregs of disappointment — where moved troubling impulses of insatiate yearnings and disquieting aspirations.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • …thickening and thickening as he approached its source, he thought of the secrets of the lonely church-vaults, where the people who had hoarded and secreted in iron coffers were in their turn similarly hoarded, not yet at rest from doing harm; and then of the secrets of the river, as it rolled its turbid tide between two frowning wildernesses of secrets, extending, thick and dense, for many miles, and warding off the free air and the free country swept by winds and wings of birds.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Mrs. Carey stood for a few minutes and looked at it, it was turbid and yellow, [and who knows what thoughts passed through her mind?
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The Nile at this point is muddy, swift and turbid, and does not lack a great deal of being as wide as the Mississippi.
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • ...making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Behind the fog there was the flowing of water, the cracking and floating of ice, the swift rush of turbid, foaming torrents...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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