- noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
- a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
Origin of miasma
Examples from the Web for miasmatic
The settlement of "Eden" may be precisely what Dickens drew it: a miasmatic mud-hole.The American Mind
There were a multitude of flying objects to be seen in the miasmatic air.The Forgotten Planet
The disease is communicated by contact and it is seemingly also miasmatic.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
In these latter localities the effects of the miasmatic poison, show themselves in cholera or typhus.
There is no life in the air; it is depressing, damp, miasmatic, and intensely hot.The Panama Canal
J. Saxon Mills
- an unwholesome or oppressive atmosphere
- pollution in the atmosphere, esp noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter
Word Origin and History for miasmatic
1660s, from Modern Latin miasma "noxious vapors," from Greek miasma (genitive miasmatos) "stain, pollution, defilement, taint of guilt," from stem of miainein "to pollute," from possible PIE root *mai- "to stain, soil, defile" (cf. Old English mal "stain, mark," see mole (n.1)). Earlier form was miasm (1640s), from French miasme. Related: Miasmatic; miasmal.