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Atmosphere is the overall emotional impression created by something. This is mostly applied to literature where atmosphere is the mood that a story builds up. It is also possible for people, places and things to have an atmosphere. For example, a jazz club with a lively and nostalgic atmosphere. The following are common examples of atmosphere.
Absurd
Accepting
Accidental
Adventurous
Alluring
Austere
Beautiful
Bombastic
Boring
Calm
Casual
Charming
Comical
Composed
Confident
Contradictory
Cool
Cynical
Dark
Dazzling
Decent
Decorous
Desolate
Desperate
Diabolic
Dignified
Dramatic
Dreadful
Dreamlike
Dreary
Dull
Easygoing
Elegant
Erratic
Fantastical
Farcical
Fast
Fearless
Fearsome
Flamboyant
Flat
Flowery
Formal
Formidable
Garish
Grandiose
Grave
Happy
Heavy
Intense
Ironical
Lavish
Lively
Majestic
Noble
Nostalgic
Ornate
Ostentatious
Overblown
Peaceful
Plain
Posh
Proper
Puffy
Quaint
Quiet
Random
Refined
Relaxed
Romantic
Satirical
Scary
Sensitive
Sentimental
Serious
Smug
Solemn
Somber
Sophisticated
Spooky
Stark
Strange
Stylish
Sumptuous
Surreal
Suspenseful
Suspicious
Tacky
Tedious
Terrifying
Touching
Tragic
Tranquil
Turgid
Uninspired
Unpredictable
Unreal
Unstable
Unsteady
Volatile
People may use significant creative license when describing the atmosphere of things. Atmosphere is typically described with an adjective such as calm but could be described with a noun such as paradise or January. For example, a story that has the atmosphere of rain on a cold January morning.

Etymology

The word atmosphere originates with the ancient Greek words atmos "vapor, steam" and sphaira "sphere." Atmosphere is primarily used to describe the layer of gases that envelop a planet. Its use to describe creative works, places, things and people is an analogy to a feeling that surrounds and hangs in the air.
Overview: Atmosphere
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Definition
The overall emotional impression created by something.
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