Definitions

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  • n. Irregular plural form of miasma.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek μιάσματα, plural of μίασμα. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _Here_ you may freeze out all your "miasmata" and surplus bile in ten days, and go to Columbia with nerves well strung and blood well purified.

    Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete

  • After all those who fought and paid with their lives ... they didn't see us as patriots who fought against the conquering armies, but as evil spirits (miasmata), evil communist spirits as they called us.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • Doctors walked the streets covered with oiled silk, wearing high wooden shoes as the miasmata, “the pestilence which walketh by noonday,” seeped around them.

    THE DIAMOND

  • Some believed that the disease was carried by miasmata (“bad airs”), while others blamed Jews for the illness (a form of anti-Semitism).

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • With their nights 'growths of beard, matted hair, bloodshot eyes, miasmata of foul breath, DeCoverley and Joaquin are wasted gods urging on a tardy glacier.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • The miasmata might be caused by the action of the sun, which replaced the sun god Apollo, who, according to the myth, had inflicted a plague upon Thebes which was polluted by the deeds of

    HEALTH AND DISEASE

  • The vaults and sewers which are to carry off the filth of the 126 families have grated openings in the alleys, and door-ways in the cellars, through which the noisome and deadly miasmata penetrate and poison the dank air of the house and the courts.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860

  • The miasmata appear to ascend until they reach the level of the town above, where the atmosphere being less dense, and perhaps precisely of their own specific gravity, they float, and commingle with it.

    A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America

  • At first they were very badly understood; they were supposed to have some connection with being possessed (with the devil), with miasmata, vapors, unlikely perturbations of the body and animal spirits that circulated in the nerves.

    A Psychiatric Milestone Bloomingdale Hospital Centenary, 1821-1921

  • The beds of seaweed, in a constant state of decomposition on the Pacific shore, create miasmata unquestionably injurious to health.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843

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  • "'It is because of the miasmata.'

    'Are they like miasmas?'

    'Much the same, I do assure you...'"
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 207–208

    March 18, 2008