Definition of nauseating
: causing nausea or especially disgust
nauseous vs. nauseated
Those who insist that nauseous can properly be used only to mean “causing nausea” and that its later “affected with nausea” meaning is an error for nauseated are mistaken. Current evidence shows these facts: nauseous is most frequently used to mean physically affected with nausea, usually after a linking verb such as feel or become; figurative use is quite a bit less frequent. Use of nauseous to mean “causing nausea or disgust” is much more often figurative than literal, and this use appears to be losing ground to nauseating. Nauseated is used more widely than nauseous when referring to being affected with nausea.
Examples of nauseating in a Sentence
the nauseating smell of rotting garbage
The way the animals were treated was nauseating.
It was nauseating to see the two of them act like lovesick teenagers.
Recent Examples of nauseating from the Web
For years, Seattleites saw Durant as a nauseating reminder of what could have been had the Sonics not moved to Oklahoma City.
McCain became the butt of jokes online and on the The Colbert Report this June after delivering a speech in Louisiana where the stage backdrop was a nauseating green.
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First Known Use of nauseating
NAUSEATING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nauseating for English Language Learners
: causing you to feel like you are going to vomit
: causing disgust
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