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Definition of "mire" []

  • An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog. (noun)
  • Deep slimy soil or mud. (noun)
  • A disadvantageous or difficult condition or situation: the mire of poverty. (noun)
  • To cause to sink or become stuck in or as if in mire. (verb-transitive)
  • To hinder, entrap, or entangle as if in mire. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mire" in a sentence
  • "The idea that if we create a fairer more forgiving society with a fully supportive social system the disenfranchised will lift themselves oput of the mire is frankly just not true anymore."
  • "The king's ministers and the false prophets who misled him. sunk in ... mire -- proverbial for, Thou art involved by "thy friends '" counsels in inextricable difficulties."
  • "Page 10 to the intoxicating cup for stimulus to artificial excitement, and drowned all seasonable delight in mire, and a poison that not the dumb animals will swallow."