plural noun

at·​mo·​spher·​ics ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-iks How to pronounce atmospherics (audio)
: audible disturbances produced in radio receiving apparatus by atmospheric electrical phenomena (such as lightning)
also : the electrical phenomena causing these disturbances
: 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
: realistic detail added (as to a literary work) to create a mood

Examples of atmospherics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wild West drama Hostiles—seems to have taken great pleasure in building the story’s shifting atmospherics layer by layer, like late-winter strata of snow. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 23 Dec. 2022 Anchoring the humor and spectacle, and adding rich atmospherics, are the show’s scenic and sonic elements and Sarah Cubbage’s sharp retro costumes. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 The routine bombast of Craig DeLeon’s score, and various preexisting pop tracks utilized, further underline an overall lack of instinct for thriller atmospherics. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 And so this is very important for the DOJ to take very, very seriously, not just whether to indict, but the whole atmospherics around which this is going to occur. CBS News, 19 Oct. 2022 Until this point, there’s really been no otherworldly aspect to the story, a lack Hancock tries to work around by applying some basic, superfluous Gothic atmospherics, as well as ominous notes from Javier Navarrete’s score. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 Oct. 2022 This Bulgaria-shot production would, however, benefit from richer atmospherics: Despite adequate design contributions and a widescreen format, Denis Crossan’s cinematography has a somewhat plain, televisual look. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 27 Oct. 2022 All of that scans quite neatly onto the rhetoric and atmospherics of modern-day Republicanism, as Katz himself lays out in his essay. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 The gauzy atmospherics dimmed the stars, our only source of natural light. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2022

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Word History


atmospher(ic) + -ics

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of atmospherics was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Atmospherics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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