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morass

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noun mo·rass \mə-ˈras, mȯ-\

Simple Definition of morass

  • : an area of soft, wet ground : a marsh or swamp

Full Definition of morass

  1. 1 :  marsh, swamp

  2. 2 a :  a situation that traps, confuses, or impedes <a legal morass> b :  an overwhelming or confusing mass or mixture <a morass of traffic jams — Mary Roach>

mo·rassy play \-ˈra-sē\ adjective

Examples of morass

  1. <advised against becoming involved in that country's civil war, warning that escape from that morass might prove nigh impossible>

  2. <the distracted driver had driven his car off the road and into a morass>



Origin of morass

Dutch moeras, modification of Old French maresc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English mersc marsh — more at marsh


First Known Use: 1655



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