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sickening Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
    nauseate; sicken; revolt; churn up; disgust.
    • The pornographic pictures sickened us
  2. verb get sick
    sicken; come down.
    • She fell sick last Friday, and now she is in the hospital
  3. verb upset and make nauseated
    nauseate; sicken; turn one's stomach.
    • The smell of the food turned the pregnant woman's stomach
    • The mold on the food sickened the diners
  4. verb make sick or ill
    • This kind of food sickens me
  5. adjective satellite causing or able to cause nausea
    queasy; vile; nauseous; offensive; loathsome; noisome; nauseating.
    • a nauseating smell
    • nauseous offal
    • a sickening stench

Sick"en*ing adjective
  1. Causing sickness; specif., causing surfeit or disgust; nauseating. -- Sick"en*ing*ly, adv.

Webster 1913