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atmospheric

or atmospherical

[at-muh s-fer-ik, -feer-] /ˌæt məsˈfɛr ɪk, -ˈfɪər-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, existing in, or consisting of the atmosphere:
atmospheric vapors.
2.
caused by, produced by, or operated on by the atmosphere:
atmospheric storms.
3.
resembling or suggestive of the atmosphere; having muted tones and softened or indistinct outlines; hazy:
atmospheric effects.
4.
having or producing an emotional atmosphere:
atmospheric quality; atmospheric lighting.
Origin of atmospheric
1775-1785
1775-85; atmosphere + -ic
Related forms
atmospherically, adverb
nonatmospheric, adjective
nonatmospherical, adjective
nonatmospherically, adverb
unatmospheric, adjective
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adj.

1783, from atmosphere + -ic. In a sense of "creating a mood or mental environment" it is from 1908. Atmospherics "disturbances in wireless communication" is from 1905.

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