Definition of morass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈræs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈræs//
    [usually singular] (formal)
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  1. 1an unpleasant and complicated situation that is difficult to escape from synonym web a morass of lies and deceit We got bogged down in a morass of detail and bureaucratic red tape.
  2. 2a dangerous area of low soft wet land synonym bog, quagmire
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Dutch moeras, alteration (by assimilation to moer ‘moor’) of Middle Dutch marasch, from Old French marais ‘marsh’, from medieval Latin mariscus.
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