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sickening

[ sik-uh-ning ]
/ ˈsɪk ə nɪŋ /
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adjective

causing or capable of causing sickness, especially nausea, disgust, or loathing: sickening arrogance.

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putrid, nasty, stinking, gross, foul, revolting, tainted, nauseating, diseased, distasteful, icky, loathsome, nauseous, noisome, offensive, repugnant, repulsive, rotten

Nearby words

sick-out, sickbay, sickbed, sicken, sickener, sickening, sickeningly, sicker, sickert, sickert, walter richard, sickie

Origin of sickening

First recorded in 1715–25; sicken + -ing2
SYNONYMS FOR sickening
Related formssick·en·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for sickening (2 of 2)

sicken

[ sik-uhn ]
/ ˈsɪk ən /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sick.

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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British Dictionary definitions for sickening (1 of 2)

sickening

/ (ˈsɪkənɪŋ) /

adjective

causing sickness or revulsion
informal extremely annoying
Derived Formssickeningly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for sickening (2 of 2)

sicken

/ (ˈsɪkən) /

verb

to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
(intr often foll by for) to show symptoms (of an illness)
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