to a sickening or disgusting degree.
Origin of ad nauseam
< Latin: literally, to seasickness
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British Dictionary definitions for ad nauseam
Word Origin for ad nauseam
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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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
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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