causing or capable of causing sickness, especially nausea, disgust, or loathing: sickening arrogance.
- sick·en·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use sickening in a sentence
As Sojourner Gibbs pulled out of her parking space at a Sam’s Club in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, one afternoon last summer, she felt the familiar, sickening symptoms of diabetic shock.
The inhumane treatment of the Haitian refugees is utterly sickening.Why are there thousands of Haitian migrants at the Texas border? | Amber Phillips | September 22, 2021 | Washington Post
Behind the pulse pounding against Pieciul’s temples was the sickening realization that a sow with a cub in a den was among the worst possible scenarios for a bear encounter.
That would also allow scientists to define the precise amount of chemo, so doctors wouldn’t have to over-treat patients with harsh drugs that create sickening side effects.
The immediate effects of the highly toxic drugs were catastrophic, sickening patients at times nearly to death.Emil Freireich, a pioneer of chemotherapy and a ‘towering figure in oncology,’ dies at 93 | Emily Langer | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Hot orange flames leap into the sky bringing with them the sickening, inescapable stench of death.
Lack of elaboration is a virus that continually infects the book, sometimes having a sickening effect on the reader.
His giddy glee turns sickening when you consider the coldhearted inhumanity that necessarily lies beneath.
By then he was blue in the face, a sickening color, like an old hematoma.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead | Sandeep Jauhar | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus.
With sickening repugnance, I seized the Thing by its two broad shoulders and rolled it over.Uncanny Tales | Various
The station building gave sickening creaks; then it toppled with a crash.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
It is not only annoying, but absolutely sickening to some, and a truly lady-like person will avoid all such topics.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Aristide composed his face into an expression of parental interest; but within him there was shivering and sickening upheaval.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
It was like an old pain returning at an unexpected moment to chill a man with the sickening reminder that all joy must end.The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
British Dictionary definitions for sickening
causing sickness or revulsion
informal extremely annoying
- sickeningly, adverb
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