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unwholesome

adjective un·whole·some \-ˈhōl-səm\

: not good for your health

: not mentally or morally good and normal

Full Definition of UNWHOLESOME

1
:  detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being :  unhealthy <unwholesome food> <unwholesome pastimes>
2
a :  corrupt, unsound <shady unwholesome dealings>
b :  offensive to the senses :  loathsome <the unwholesome stench>
un·whole·some·ly adverb
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Examples of UNWHOLESOME

  1. He has an unwholesome fascination with death.
  2. <health inspectors shut down several food stands that were using tainted and unwholesome meat>

First Known Use of UNWHOLESOME

13th century
UNWHOLESOME Defined for Kids

unwholesome

adjective un·whole·some \ˌən-ˈhōl-səm\

Definition of UNWHOLESOME for Kids

:  not good for bodily, mental, or moral health <unwholesome food>

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