- The definition of a morass is a complex and confusing situation, or is an area of muddy, swampy ground.
- When a series of misunderstandings has resulted in a situation where everyone you know has his feelings hurt and you don't know how to fix it, this is an example of a morass.
- A watery, muddy field is an example of a morass.
Origin: Du moeras, a marsh, fen; earlier marasch from Old French maresc from Frankish an unverified form marisk, a swamp, akin to marsh
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- An area of low-lying, soggy ground.
- Something that hinders, engulfs, or overwhelms: a morass of details.
Origin: Dutch moeras, from Middle Dutch maras, from Old French mareis, probably of Germanic origin; see mori- in Indo-European roots.