al·​ler·​gic | \ ə-ˈlər-jik How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Definition of allergic

1 : of, relating to, affected with, or caused by allergy
2 : having an aversion allergic to work

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Examples of allergic in a Sentence

a lover of the outdoors who claims to be allergic to desk jobs
Recent Examples on the Web Feldstein is severely allergic to a laundry list of items, from dairy to cats to two of the most common preservatives found in makeup. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2022 The technology run has only recently flagged amid rising interest rates (which tech is especially allergic to) and the turmoil in Ukraine. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 Also, allergic people might experience shock, a significant drop in blood pressure, rapid pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness, and/or loss of consciousness. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Apr. 2022 King Lear appreciates his Fool, but in real life, dictators are notoriously allergic to comedy. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 But his long and very well documented record of support for the former KGB agent doesn’t give a lot of room for maneuver, especially for a political figure who is notoriously allergic to admitting error. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 However, people who are hyper-allergic to stings from insects like bees or wasps should be prepared with treatment such as an EpiPen. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2022 Web3 enthusiasts, for their part, seem allergic to this sort of self-reflection. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 5 Feb. 2022 And this visceral quality can elide the fact that Jackson seems allergic to disclosure. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of allergic

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allergic

allergy + -ic entry 1, after German allergisch

Note: See note at allergy.

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The first known use of allergic was in 1908

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18 May 2022

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“Allergic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for allergic


al·​ler·​gic | \ ə-ˈlər-jik How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Kids Definition of allergic

: of, relating to, causing, or affected by allergy allergic to peanuts an allergic reaction


al·​ler·​gic | \ ə-ˈlər-jik How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Medical Definition of allergic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by allergy an allergic reaction allergic diseases
2 : affected with allergy : subject to an allergic reaction he is allergic to pollen

Other Words from allergic

allergically \ ə-​ˈlər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
The body reacts allergically, the skin reddening and breaking out in tiny blisters. — Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News

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