unwholesome

[ uhn-hohl-suhm ]
/ ʌnˈhoʊl səm /

adjective

not wholesome; unhealthful; deleterious to health or physical or moral well-being: unwholesome food; unwholesome activities.
not sound in health; unhealthy, especially in appearance; suggestive of disease: an unwholesome pallor.

Origin of unwholesome

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at un-1, wholesome
Related formsun·whole·some·ly, adverbun·whole·some·ness, noun
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unwholesome

/ (ʌnˈhəʊlsəm) /

adjective

detrimental to physical or mental healthan unwholesome climate
morally harmful or depravedunwholesome practices
indicative of illness, esp in appearance
(esp of food) of inferior quality
Derived Formsunwholesomely, adverbunwholesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwholesome

unwholesome


adj.

c.1200, from un- (1) "not" + wholesome. Cf. Flemish onheylsaem, German unheilsam, Old Norse uheilsamr.

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