Word A Day – MIASMA

7 06 2008

miasma \my-AZ-muh; mee-\

noun:
1. A vaporous exhalation (as of marshes or putrid matter) formerly thought to cause disease; broadly, a thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation.
2. A harmful or corrupting atmosphere or influence; also, an atmosphere that obscures; a fog.

Miasma comes from Greek miasma, “pollution,” from miainein, “to pollute.”

As in the Butler University campus.

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