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

Examples of atmospherics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those who attended the 2017 staging in the Old Globe’s outdoor venue, the slides may bring back the atmospherics of your evening there. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2021 And those who therefore prefer such atmospherics to subtitles — more accurately known as closed captions when the viewer can turn them on or off — are free not to use them. Eric Zorn,, 17 June 2021 On 2019’s The Center Won’t Hold, the band embraced breezier sounds and brighter hooks, warm atmospherics and chilly electronics. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 11 June 2021 For everyone outside that window, however, the lack of real atmospherics, and genuine awe or peril, makes this episodic journey feel small-scale and small-screen. Jessica Kiang, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2021 Is Biden merely offering the atmospherics of bipartisanship while yielding nothing of substance to the Republicans? Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 2 Feb. 2021 While Michaelis’s style is sometimes florid, his uncanny ability to nail down the atmospherics of a particular place and time with consummate grace is engaging. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2020 The film was praised for its brooding atmospherics and unsettling sound design, now considered trademarks of Mr. Kurosawa’s style. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2020 If the person nominated seems like a better choice to be entrusted with that power, then despite all the atmospherics, there's a clear case for voting yes. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, 23 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of atmospherics was in 1891

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20 Jul 2021

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“Atmospherics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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