miasmal


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mi·as·ma

 (mī-ăz′mə, mē-)
n. pl. mi·as·mas or mi·as·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
1. A noxious atmosphere or influence: "The family affection, the family expectations, seemed to permeate the atmosphere ... like a coiling miasma" (Louis Auchincloss).
2.
a. A foul-smelling vapor arising from rotting organic matter, formerly thought to cause disease.
b. A thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation: wreathed in a miasma of cigarette smoke.

[Greek, pollution, stain, from miainein, to pollute.]

mi·as′mal, mi′as·mat′ic (mī′əz-măt′ĭk), mi·as′mic (-mĭk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.miasmal - filled with vapormiasmal - filled with vapor; "miasmic jungles"; "a vaporous bog"
cloudy - full of or covered with clouds; "cloudy skies"
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However, the miasmal transgressions enacted by Tantalus and his descendents also provide an established model for Apollo's divinely imposed retribution, and Orestes's and Electra's plans therefore follow the same inherited pattern of overturning ritually stabilized institutions (marriage, religious care for and appeal to the gods) with devastating familial consequences.
The sunlight changed too, so inexplicably that it's tempting to refer to old theories about miasmal exhalations of the earth.
creates, reduces to a fragile evanescent iridescent sphere) all of space and time and massy earth, relicts the seething and anonymous miasmal mass which in all the years of time has taught itself no boon of death but only how to recreate, renew; and dies, is gone, vanished: nothing--but is that true wisdom which can comprehend that there is a might-have-been which is more true than truth, from which the dreamer, waking, says not "Did I but dream?