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sicken

[sik-uh n] /ˈsɪk ən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become sick.
Origin of sicken
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related forms
resicken, verb
unsickened, adjective
Synonyms
repulse, revolt, disgust, upset.
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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

sicken

/ˈsɪkən/
verb
1.
to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
2.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sicken
v.

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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