What does miasma mean?

Definitions for miasma
maɪˈæz mə, mi-; -mə təmi·as·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. miasma, miasm(noun)

    an unwholesome atmosphere

    "the novel spun a miasma of death and decay"

  2. miasma, miasm(noun)

    unhealthy vapors rising from the ground or other sources

    "the miasma of the marshes"; "a miasma of cigar smoke"


  1. miasma(Noun)

    A noxious atmosphere or influence.

  2. miasma(Noun)

    A noxious atmosphere or emanation once thought to originate from swamps and waste to cause disease.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1665. From μίασμα (miasma) "stain, pollution".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miasma(noun)

    infectious particles or germs floating in the air; air made noxious by the presence of such particles or germs; noxious effluvia; malaria

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. defilement, fr. to pollute.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Miasma

    mī-az′ma, n. unwholesome exhalations arising from putrescent matter—also Mī′asm:—pl. Mī′asms, Mias′mata.—adjs. Mias′mal, Miasmat′ic, Mias′matous, pertaining to, or containing, miasma.—ns. Mias′matist; Miasmol′ogy.—adj. Mias′mous. [Gr. miasmamiainein, to stain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of miasma in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of miasma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of miasma in a Sentence

  1. George Steiner:

    To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.

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