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[ naw-zee-ey-ting, -zhee-, -see-, -shee- ]


  1. causing sickness of the stomach; nauseous.
  2. such as to cause contempt, disgust, loathing, etc.:

    I had to listen to the whole nauseating story.

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Other Words From

  • nause·ating·ly adverb
  • un·nause·ating adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of nauseating1

First recorded in 1635–45; nauseat(e) + -ing 2
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Example Sentences

Some complainants called state or local authorities about the nauseating scent, describing itchy eyes or chest tightness, complaint records show.

It was nauseating for him to think that his lab work was defrauding customers in the legal pot market, deceiving them into buying pot that had less THC than its label stated.

At the end of the day, the rich taste of red wine may not be worth the cost of a nauseating headache or an itchy rash.

A basic fact will remain: The bias, whatever its components, is nauseating.

There was, instead, a nauseating excursion into base and sad fantasies.

Historically, migraines were labeled a hysterical female condition, characterized by throbbing, one-sided, nauseating pain.

However nauseating in retrospect, millions shared their views.

He was trapped because things you had to say to defend the indefensible are nauseating and atrocious things.

At last, the sunken eyelids and the inability to see my flashlight and respond told me the nauseating truth.

This substance had a strong and persistent odor, so sweet as to be almost nauseating.

The swinging of the mast was nauseating him in his excited condition, and he felt his strength gradually ebbing.

He was blinded by light and deafened by sound and his nostrils were filled with the nauseating fetor of jungle and decay.

It was a nauseating rle to play; but he was bent upon making a last appeal to her before they returned to town on the morrow.


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More About Nauseating

What does nauseating mean?

Nauseating means causing nausea—a feeling of sickness in your stomach, as if you might vomit.

Nauseating is commonly used as an adjective, but it can also be used as the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb nauseate, meaning to cause nausea, as in That smell is nauseating me.  

The adjective nauseous can be used to mean the same thing as nauseating, but nauseous is much more commonly used to mean the same thing as nauseated—feeling nausea.

The word nausea can also be used in a figurative way meaning a feeling of disgust, revulsion, or repulsion, and nauseating can describe someone or something that makes a person feel this, meaning the same thing as disgusting, as in Their cruelty is nauseating. 

The word nauseant can also mean causing or producing nausea, but it is not commonly used other than in a medical context.

Example: I’m not sure what was more nauseating—the disgusting food or the server’s disgusting comments.

Where does nauseating come from?

The first records of the adjective nauseating come from the 1600s. It is thought to ultimately derive from the Greek nausíā, meaning “seasickness,” from naûs, meaning “ship” (the same root is the basis of the word nautical).

Seasickness can be nauseating, as can many other conditions that affect the stomach, such as motion sickness, morning sickness, carsickness, anxiety, or from the side effects of medications. The figurative use of nauseating is perhaps even more common. It’s used to describe people or things that are considered truly disgusting or contemptible, especially by being immoral in some way.

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Nauseating is perhaps most commonly used in a figurative way.


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Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of nauseating?

A. sickening
B. disgusting
C. repulsive
D. all of the above