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 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 What first strikes you about Renaissance are its mellow atmospherics. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2022 A few years ago, such connections would have been merely part of the atmospherics of the political fringe, where the Brothers of Italy languished. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 But the attempts to avoid photographs of a handshake between Mohammed and Biden have only brought more attention to the atmospherics of a meeting that was destined to be awkward since it was announced last month. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2022 Tension and thrills are less germane, though there there are decent, sometimes vaguely noirish atmospherics afforded by DP Rainer Lipski’s widescreen lensing and Julian Brown’s production design. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 8 July 2022 Officially listed as a dance album, Honestly, Nevermind brings the melodic flourishes Drake introduced to hip-hop into club music’s steely atmospherics. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2022 Utterly lacking the atmospherics to build a sense of ominous mystery, its twists mostly revealed in flashbacks that should unfold with exacting cleverness, but instead feel arbitrarily dropped in sans concern for narrative shape or editorial rhythm. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

6 Sep 2022

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“Atmospherics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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