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ad nauseam

[ad naw-zee-uh m, -am]
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adverb
  1. to a sickening or disgusting degree.
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Origin of ad nauseam

< Latin: literally, to seasickness
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Related Words

repeatedly, boringly, lengthily, repetitively

British Dictionary definitions for ad nauseam

ad nauseam

adverb
  1. to a disgusting extent
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Word Origin

Latin: to (the point of) nausea
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Word Origin and History for ad nauseam

"to a sickening extent," Latin, literally "to sickness" (see nausea).

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ad nauseam in Culture

ad nauseam

[(ad naw-zee-uhm)]

To go on endlessly; literally, to continue “to seasickness”: “The candidate told us the details of how he overcame his childhood problems ad nauseam.”

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Idioms and Phrases with ad nauseam

ad nauseam

To ridiculous excess, to a sickening degree. For example, I wish he'd drop the subject; we have heard about budget cuts ad nauseam. The term, Latin for “to [the point of] nausea,” has been used in English since the early 1600s.

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