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miasma

[mī·az′mə]
Etymology: Gk, miainein, defilement
an unwholesome, polluted atmosphere or environment, such as a marsh or swamp containing rotting organic matter. Also called miasm [mī′əzəm] .

miasma

noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; the basis for an early concept of the origin of epidemics.
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It is the theological equivalent of the miasmic theory of disease.
Perhaps Quentin picked up the fever directly from the air of Sutpen's miasmic house, or from Henry, who is almost a corpse.
At the mellower end of the spectrum you've got the delightful, miasmic timbres and tones of Infinity Chimps' Sounds of Nant Y Benglog (Ankstmusik), or Phosphene's ambient swathes of electronica on Ogg Records' Long Meadow Felt Com-pany.
The mutable De Palma trope of blood, in this moment, represents Rick's disregard for the law he represents, his seeming contempt for others' lives, and his inextricable connection to the miasmic underworld of corruption he presumably inhabits with gleeful impunity.
I do not now where to put the great antifeminist waste category of borderline personality disorder--certainly there are social, hereditary, and biologic contributions to this miasmic category
When Icke finally blasted off from the pad of reason, upon which he had been wobbling for some time, he carried with him a miasmic brew of religious superstition, international conspiracies and an astounding rag- bag of theophilosophical speculation - he has not, I think, been seen since.
Jammed along the narrow road, the cars and motorhomes add to the miasmic summer haze that cloaks the hills.
Bentham's story points to the malevolence of those things that are out of control--they are miasmic, shadowy, and filled with sudden violence.
Isn't it time they heard about it from someone who knows what they're talking about and can offer real firearms safety solutions, instead of miasmic BS about why they have to ban guns to keep their rug rats safe?
in Grant's words) but "How can a great unstructured and miasmic culture like America's, in times of fanaticized nationalism, create an alternate moderate nationalism that will win a fanaticized war?
Odent explains how the miasmic effect of toxins and subtle poisons cross the generations and persist even after environmental toxicity levels have dropped.
Haywood Brahan, the Financial Agent for the Penitentiaries, wrote that "white men could not stand the miasmic influences of the Brazos bottoms and retain their health," and thereby justified their transfer.