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Origin of sicken

1150–1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related formsre·sick·en, verbun·sick·ened, adjective

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Historical Examples of sicken

  • He was strangely reticent; my news seemed to benumb and sicken him.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • His brutality had made the delicacy in her crouch and sicken.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It was less invective than scornful, and scorn that seemed to sicken her as she spoke it.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • That trace of effluvia which in force could sicken a Terran, was his guide.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • I saw enough of these, even in the best, to sicken me with mankind.

British Dictionary definitions for sicken


  1. to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
  2. (intr often foll by for) to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sicken

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

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