英 [mɪ'æzmə; maɪ-]
- miasma (n.)
- 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" (source of Old English mal "stain, mark," see mole (n.1)). Earlier form was miasm (1640s), from French miasme. Related: Miasmatic; miasmal.
- 1. A miasma of stale alcohol hung around him.
- 2. As time went on, his ambition to be part of the US Supreme Court faded in a miasma of alcohol and despair.
- 3. A miasma rose from the marsh.
- 4. The novel spun a miasma of death and decay.
- 5. A grey miasma, neither cloud nor mist low in the sky and the atmosphere was stifling.
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