plural noun
at·​mo·​spher·​ics | \ ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-iks How to pronounce atmospherics (audio) , -ˈsfer- \

Definition of atmospherics

1 : audible disturbances produced in radio receiving apparatus by atmospheric electrical phenomena (such as lightning) also : the electrical phenomena causing these disturbances
2 : actions (such as official statements) intended to create or suggest a particular atmosphere or mood in politics and especially international relations also : the mood so created or suggested
3 : realistic detail added (as to a literary work) to create a mood

First Known Use of atmospherics

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for atmospherics

atmospher(ic) + -ics

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“Atmospherics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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