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miasma (noun) thick, unpleasant, unhealthy air, gas or mist; bad influence or feeling.

Thick, unpleasant smelling dirty air or gas is miasma. Miasma is the thick vaporous atmosphere we see around chimneys of factories or the places around. 'A miasma of alcohol hung about the cheap bar room.' This means that the unpleasant smell of alcohol filled the thick air in the room. The miasma of pollutants around a factory is the air filled with the polluting gases issuing from the factory. Miasma is also the bad feeling or influence. A miasma of depression is a general feeling of depression following a tragic incident. A miasma of violence spreads through the city, if the people in the city turn violent.

  • As the chimneys of the factory belched smoke, there was a miasma of all kinds of foul smelling gases. The air around for miles together was thick with them, and the smell was unbearable.
  • A miasma of gloom spread through the city as hundreds of people lay dead, under the debris of the earthquake thrown all around.
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