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- adj. reeking, oppressing, having the nature of a miasma
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Containing, or relating to, miasma; caused by miasma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of miasma; affected, caused by, or arising from noxious effluvia; malarious: as, miasmatic exhalations; miasmatic diseases; a miasmatic region
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This, I believe, the sequel will show is not the case with miasm and the so-called miasmatic diseases.
But for the purpose of doing this in a somewhat systematic manner, it will be necessary for me to state clearly, first, what is understood by the word miasm or miasmata in the sense in which it is used by those who invoke its aid in the causation of diseases; and secondly, to demonstrate the fallacy of the doctrine, by showing we have no satisfactory proof that the morbific cause of what are called miasmatic diseases, arises from vegetable putrefaction.
Where were the phrases, such as miasmatic putrescence or putrescent miasma -- I forget which it was -- that used to greet the dramas of Ibsen?
Even his strong constitution could not withstand the "miasmatic" vapor of the lowlands near the Western watercourses.
Some of the examples offered to explain what happened to air to make it pathological were the rotting of fruit, in which decay spread from one part of the fruit to another, or the processes of dyeing cloth or fermentation in wine-making. 39 How were miasmatic places identified?
Jerry Goldsmith won the only Oscar of his long career for this miasmatic Gothic score, which pummels you with screaming highs every time the bad stuff is about to go down.
Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay and a heavy miasmatic vapour into our faces, while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet.
I recall vividly the Iran-Contra miasmatic affair, and of Ronald Reagan's toady, Colonel Oliver North, testifying in congressional hearings concerning it and his central role in it.
But I'll say that what I've witnessed here gives me no motivation whatsoever to see what other miasmatic efflux he may have let fly elsewhere.
It is not impoverishment that is the issue but pollution, the miasmatic taint that comes with trangressing the low-level boundary rule.