[naw-shuh s, -zee-uh s]
Origin of nauseous
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3. revolting, nasty, repellent, abhorrent, detestable, despicable, offensive.
The two literal senses of nauseous, “causing nausea” ( a nauseous smell ) and “affected with nausea” ( to feel nauseous ), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both senses are in standard use at the present time. Nauseous is more common than nauseated in the sense “affected with nausea,” despite recent objections by those who imagine the sense to be new. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous : a nauseating smell.
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Examples from the Web for nauseousness
I have in other places dwelt upon the insufficiency and the nauseousness of the food.Andersonville, Volume 3
Besides sweetness, the mobola has the flavor of strawberries, with a touch of nauseousness.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
There is a nauseousness in a city-feast, when we are to sit four hours after we are cloyed.The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)
- feeling sick
- causing nausea
- distasteful to the mind or senses; repulsive
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Word Origin and History for nauseousness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Causing nausea.
- Affected with nausea.
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