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English definition of “miasma”

miasma

noun [C] uk   /miˈæz.mə/ literary us  

miasma noun [C] (FOG)

an unpleasant fog that smells bad: A miasma of pollution hung in the air above Mexico City.

miasma noun [C] (UNPLEASANT FEELING)

a very unpleasant general feeling or character of a situation or place: After he lost his job, he sank into a miasma of poverty and despair.
(Definition of miasma from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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