–noun, plural -mas, -ma·ta
1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting that atmosphere.
2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
1655-65; < NL < Gk míasma stain, pollution, akin to miaínein topollute, stain
“There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to the oceans…and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.”
:: Henry Ward Beecher ::