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miasma (n.)

1660s, "effluvia arising from the ground and floating in the atmosphere, considered to be infectious or injurious to health," 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- (2) "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 "pertaining to or caused by miasma;" miasmal "containing miasma;" miasmatous "generating miasma."

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Definitions of miasma

miasma (n.)
an unwholesome atmosphere;
the novel spun a miasma of death and decay
Synonyms: miasm
miasma (n.)
unhealthy vapors rising from the ground or other sources;
the miasma of the marshes
a miasma of cigar smoke
Synonyms: miasm
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