AskDefine | Define miasma

Dictionary Definition



1 an unwholesome atmosphere; "the novel spun a miasma of death and decay"
2 unhealthy vapors rising from the ground or other sources; "the miasma of the marshes"; "a miasma of cigar smoke" [also: miasmata (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



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


  • italbrac RP /miˈæzmə/ or /maɪˈæzmə/
  • italbrac US , /maɪˈæzmə/ or /miˈæzmə/
  • Rhymes with: -æzmə


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


Extensive Definition

Miasma may refer to:
miasma in Russian: Миазм
Miasma is also the title of the second album from the Black Daliha Murder.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

BO, afterdamp, bad breath, bad smell, blackdamp, body odor, breath, chokedamp, cloud, coal gas, damp, effluvium, exhalation, exhaust, exhaust gas, fetid air, fetidity, fetidness, fetor, firedamp, flatus, fluid, foul breath, foul odor, frowst, fume, graveolence, halitosis, malaria, malodor, mephitis, nidor, noxious stench, offensive odor, puff of smoke, reek, reeking, rotten smell, smoke, smudge, steam, stench, stench of decay, stink, vapor, volatile, water vapor
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