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 (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).
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.miasmic - of noxious stench from atmospheric pollutionmiasmic - of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution
2.miasmic - filled with vapormiasmic - filled with vapor; "miasmic jungles"; "a vaporous bog"
cloudy - full of or covered with clouds; "cloudy skies"


[mɪˈæzmɪk] ADJmiasmático
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He loves the honky-tonks, cathouses and bayous, the names of its streets and even the fetid mud and miasmic summer heat.
Rocks thrust upward through the earth's crust, often shattered, unstable leg-breakers and ankle-busters; old aircraft wreckage featuring violently torn knife-edged scrap teeming with tetanus; the corpses of giant trees felled by lightning or disease, their sharp, splintered bones sticking up like huge punji stakes to skewer you like a kebab, or the worst: Naturally-occurring sinkholes with steep, slick, crumbling sides falling sometimes a 100 feet or more below ground-level to a pit of sodden death-rot; a soup of fermenting bacteria and miasmic vapors, slow-cooking incautious animals--and men.
But Bitana's direction and the passionate performance of the young cast captured the claustrophobic, even miasmic, convolutions of the piece.
Disguised by mistaken identities, her clever FUCK YOUs are aimed at those miasmic (by which I mean white) viewers who wrongly presume that racial, gender, and class identities are always transparent, categorical, and legible.
In an article for Colliers, Harold Ickes called the group a "devilish petard" that was inciting "mob spirit--that miasmic, bloodthirsty degrading emanation out of the dim past" (1939, 14).
He added: "We could go on the road and do To Dream the Impossible Miasmic Mutation.
No Man's Land is, by contrast, a fantastic, miasmic, paranoid noir that takes place in the mind of a man who has just put a bullet through his brain.
The fresh air up on the hilltops is as elusive as the miasmic air down the urban underbelly: the affluent residents of the suburbs are not better placed to capture the air than the environmentally aggrieved urban poor.
Sears eschews clear chains of cause and effect, instead offering a kind of miasmic interplay between Shakespeare's source text, her own adaptation of that text, and the various temporal structures that emerge within that adaptation.
A prime example is the discussion in chapter 6 ("Missionary Enterprise") of the "Thanksgiving and Forefathers' Day" movement of the "New England Holidays" Symphony, where he describes the appearance of a hymn tune as "one incredible revelatory moment," in which "the miasmic atonal undulations that have seemed to be a background fog of clouded memories imperceptibly become the foreground .
As the market introduced a sense of privacy in Manchester, Bath, and Oxford, numerous nuisance cases in the English courtroom showed how the growing stench and miasmic ugliness of early modern English villages emerged alongside the increasing self-awareness of persons participating in the free market.
So long as we remain stuck in a miasmic sense that doctrine must be somewhat determinate in a way that might be shown empirically, it is hard to motivate the search for other less familiar doctrinal effects.