V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a difficult predicament or sticky situation; 2. wet, mushy land that sinks when you walk on it

Synonyms: difficulty, trouble, dilemma, impasse, quandary, predicament, mire, swamp, marsh, bog

Antonyms: simplicity, ease, effortlessness

Tips: Quagmire's meaning of "difficult situation" comes from the difficulty of walking around on sinkable ground. Think of the related word mire, which also means "a damp, mushy area of land." When you are mired in something, you are bogged down in it, whether it be the past or some problem. A quagmire is a problem that can be impossible to get out of. This word is often used to describe a political situation when there appears to be no good solution or way out.

Usage Examples:

During the Vietnam War the conflict was often described an inescapable quagmire. (impasse, dilemma)

The city's financial problems have become one of the biggest political quagmires in history. (dilemmas, troubles)

Whenever it rains, her backyard becomes a muddy quagmire. (swamp, marsh)

I don't know how I got myself into this quagmire, and I certainly don't know how to get out of it. (difficulty, dilemma, quandary)

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