[at-muh s-fer-ik, -feer-]


pertaining to, existing in, or consisting of the atmosphere: atmospheric vapors.
caused by, produced by, or operated on by the atmosphere: atmospheric storms.
resembling or suggestive of the atmosphere; having muted tones and softened or indistinct outlines; hazy: atmospheric effects.
having or producing an emotional atmosphere: atmospheric quality; atmospheric lighting.

Also at·mos·pher·i·cal.

Origin of atmospheric

First recorded in 1775–85; atmosphere + -ic
Related formsat·mos·pher·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·at·mos·pher·ic, adjectivenon·at·mos·pher·i·cal, adjectivenon·at·mos·pher·i·cal·ly, adverbun·at·mos·pher·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for atmospheric

1783, from atmosphere + -ic. In a sense of "creating a mood or mental environment" it is from 1908. Atmospherics "disturbances in wireless communication" is from 1905.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper