Hagel was not accusing Israel of being at fault for the "sickening slaughter."
It started with the sickening gang rape in Delhi last December and continued with a sequence of other widely reported ones.
If you want the full roundup of the sickening sexism and smearing, Frank Bruni was on this case early.
But the sense of loss is sickening and the shock has not begun to subside.
Accounts from the day recall the sickening thuds the bodies made on impact with the ground.
My heel came in contact, in sickening contact, with a human head; beyond doubt that I had split the skull of the man who held me.
I'm going to make this fight and I've a sickening foreboding of failure.
It was a sickening struggle, calculated to wear out both combatants in short order.
There was a sickening thud, a heavy fall, and low, deep moans.
There came a strange sensation upon his brain, a sweet, sickening taste in his mouth and dizziness.
"falling sick," 1725; "causing revulsion, disgust, or nausea," 1789, present participle adjective from sicken. Related: Sickeningly.