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ad nauseam

[ ad -naw-zee-uhm, -am ]
/ æd ˈnɔ zi əm, -ˌæm /
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adverb
to a sickening or disgusting degree.
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Origin of ad nauseam

<Latin: literally, to seasickness

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British Dictionary definitions for ad nauseam

ad nauseam
/ (æd ˈnɔːzɪˌæm, -sɪ-) /

adverb
to a disgusting extent

Word Origin for ad nauseam

Latin: to (the point of) nausea
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Cultural definitions for ad nauseam

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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Other 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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