Definitions for: Quagmire


[n] a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot



Webster (1913) Definition: Quag"mire`, n. [Quake + mire.]
Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet.
``A spot surrounded by quagmires, which rendered it difficult
of access.'' --Palfrey.

Syn: Morass; marsh; bog; swamp; fen; slough.

Synonyms: mire, morass

See Also: bog, peat bog




Famous Quotes Containing Quagmire:


Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it... it's just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.

-- Henrik Ibsen (Norwegian Poet)

My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.

-- James Joyce (Irish Novelist)

Before and during the first phase of the war his administration repeatedly maligned the UN but now, that Iraq has turned into a quagmire, it is asking the UN for help.

-- Peter Schuyler (English Politician)

We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire.

-- George Soros (Hungarian Businessman)

At least 23,000 civilians have also died in the Iraqi killing field and the U.S. is stuck in a quagmire.

-- Charles Rangel (American Politician)


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