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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Greek
Origin: 'making dirty'

miasma

noun
     
mi‧as‧ma [singular] literary
1 dirty air or a thick unpleasant mist that smells bad:
He looked up at me through a miasma of cigarette smoke.
A foul miasma lay over the town.
2 an evil influence or feeling that seems to surround a person or place
miasma of
The miasma of defeat hung over them.

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