quagmire

Part of speech: noun

Marshy ground that gives way under the foot; bog.

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Usage examples "quagmire":

  1. It seems almost certain that he pursued both in the personages of his satire through " Every Man Out of His Humour," and " Cynthia's Revels," Daniel under the characters Fastidious Brisk and Hedon, Munday as Puntarvolo and Amorphus; but in these last we venture on quagmire once more. - "Epicoene Or, The Silent Woman", Ben Jonson.
  2. Hugo advanced, dismounting for the purpose, but sank almost directly in a quagmire covered with snow, and was drawn out with difficulty. - "The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune", A. D. Crake.
  3. In winter you approach them through a quagmire; in summer, you dare not breathe in their pestilential vicinity; and yet there is a sort of dead beauty about the place, something hallowed as well as sad, which seizes on the fancy. - "Walks in Rome", Augustus J.C. Hare.