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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.
Translations of “miasma”
in Chinese (Traditional) 霧氣, 臭氣,瘴氣,毒霧…
in Chinese (Simplified) 瘴气, 臭气,瘴气…
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