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[sik-uh n] /ˈsɪk ən/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become sick.
Origin of sicken
1150-1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related forms
resicken, verb
unsickened, adjective
repulse, revolt, disgust, upset. Unabridged
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  • He was strangely reticent; my news seemed to benumb and sicken him.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • His brutality had made the delicacy in her crouch and sicken.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It was less invective than scornful, and scorn that seemed to sicken her as she spoke it.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • That trace of effluvia which in force could sicken a Terran, was his guide.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • I saw enough of these, even in the best, to sicken me with mankind.

  • They sicken, and grow feeble with age, and finally die, as we do.

    Minnie's Pet Parrot Madeline Leslie
  • There were poisons so subtle that to know their properties one had to sicken of them.

  • All this gilded elegance of the court, all these intrigues, sicken me.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Shut up under the stifling roof of a khan, you will sicken and die.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for sicken


to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
(intransitive) often foll by for. to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sicken

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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