noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
- mi·as·mal, mi·as·mat·ic [mahy-az-mat-ik], /ˌmaɪ æzˈmæt ɪk/, mi·as·mat·i·cal, mi·as·mic, adjective
- un·mi·as·mal, adjective
- un·mi·as·mat·ic, adjective
- un·mi·as·mat·i·cal, adjective
- un·mi·as·mic, adjective
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How to use miasma in a sentence
Yet it kept off some of the chill night air, and the miasmatic breath of that “dismal swamp.”Nurse and Spy in the Union Army | S. Emma E. Edmonds
Trees were thrown down, and lie rotting in the black and miasmatic water.The Naval History of the United States | Willis J. Abbot.
Diarrhea, typhoid fever, and other miasmatic maladies, became almost universal.Three Years in the Sixth Corps | George T. Stevens
Their course now lay for many leagues through a low country, abounding in lakes, and miasmatic marshes, and sluggish rivers.Hernando Cortez | John S. C. Abbott
The air was damp, oppressive and miasmatic, probably because of the rank vegetation that grew everywhere.Up the Forked River | Edward Sylvester Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for miasma
an unwholesome or oppressive atmosphere
pollution in the atmosphere, esp noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter
- miasmal, miasmatic (ˌmiːəzˈmætɪk), miasmatical or miasmic, adjective
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