ad nauseam


ad nau·​se·​am ad-ˈnȯ-zē-əm How to pronounce ad nauseam (audio)
 also  -ˌam
: to a sickening or excessive degree
a topic that has been discussed and analyzed ad nauseam

Examples of ad nauseam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or, at least, that’s what Republicans were told, ad nauseam and at a deafening decibel, by elements of the Republican coalition who resented conventional conservative foreign-policy prescriptions. Noah Rothman, National Review, 24 Aug. 2023 Their every move is broken down ad nauseam, scrutinized in slow motion, refracted through the eyes of analysts and commentators. Andrew Keh, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Your performance and your roster will be picked apart ad nauseam. Christopher L. Gasper,, 29 May 2023 After learning a new behavior, juvenile orcas often keep repeating it ad nauseam. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2023 Pat Furlong was sitting in her home office in Middletown, Ohio, last Thursday, refreshing a Food and Drug Administration web page ad nauseam, when the phone rang. Jason Mast Reprints, STAT, 30 June 2023 And Brooker’s takedown of true crime—a genre that has already been parodied and problematized ad nauseam—feels almost as redundant, if not nearly as belated, as his takedown of paparazzi. Time, 15 June 2023 That’s the matchup Roberts and his team was asked about ad nauseam this spring. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023 It's often claimed that our 24-hour news cycle distorts the headlines, making mountains out of molehills and covering big stories ad nauseam. Becky Lang, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2013 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ad nauseam was in 1644

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“Ad nauseam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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