Definition of miasmic in US English:



  • 1Producing an unpleasant smell; noxious.

    ‘that peculiarly miasmic atmosphere generated by small boys and adolescent teenagers’
    • ‘The protagonist describes the miasmic ulcers that afflict everyone.’
    • ‘If you do not shake thoroughly, the pigment and the medium come out of the bottle in one miasmic clump.’
    • ‘It was a nightmare illness; everything was fetid, miasmic, gangrenous.’
    foul-smelling, evil-smelling, stinking, stinking to high heaven, reeking, fetid, malodorous, pungent, acrid, rank, putrid, noxious
    foul-smelling, evil-smelling, fetid, smelly, stinking, stinking to high heaven, reeking, rank, high, putrid, noxious, malodorous
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by an oppressive and unpleasant atmosphere.
      ‘we know the territory, its long and miasmic history’
      • ‘Is this a bureaucracy so miasmic that Peter honestly didn't know what Paul was doing?’
      • ‘It did nothing to alleviate the depression, desperation and miasmic ennui that was engulfing me.’
      • ‘Miasmic hallways, sputtering coffee machines, and jaundiced light haunt the Paris hospital in which much of the film unfolds, trumping all gruesome effects of disease.’
      • ‘His miasmic reputation has always overshadowed the guy's ability to write a really strong, catchy piece.’
      • ‘The situation is exacerbated by the miasmic chaos of Spanish planning regulations.’