[ mahy-az-muh, mee- ]
/ maɪˈæz mə, mi- /
noun, plural mi·as·mas, mi·as·ma·ta [mahy-az-muh-tuh, mee-]. /maɪˈæz mə tə, mi-/.
noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
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Origin of miasma
1655–65; <New Latin <Greek míasma stain, pollution, akin to miaínein to pollute, stain
OTHER WORDS FROM miasma
mi·as·mal, mi·as·mat·ic [mahy-az-mat-ik], /ˌmaɪ æzˈmæt ɪk/, mi·as·mat·i·cal, mi·as·mic, adjectiveun·mi·as·mal, adjectiveun·mi·as·mat·ic, adjectiveun·mi·as·mat·i·cal, adjective
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How to use miasma in a sentence
He had not felt equably well since the night of Gabriel's burial in the miasmic air of the mountain.
Sometimes a blue miasmic haze settled down, and the dry raspy hides of the elephants grew damp and they fretted at their chains.
And over all, rising from pools and bare ground and jungle alike, was a thin, miasmic mist.
Day after day they pushed forward, skirting at times the edge of miasmic swamps, and generally sticking to the desolate plain.
British Dictionary definitions for miasma
noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas
an unwholesome or oppressive atmosphere
pollution in the atmosphere, esp noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter
Derived forms of miasmamiasmal, miasmatic (ˌmiːəzˈmætɪk), miasmatical or miasmic, adjective
Word Origin for miasma
C17: New Latin, from Greek: defilement, from miainein to defile
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