nau·se·at·ing | \ˈnȯ-zhē-ˌā-tiŋ, -shē-, -zē-, -sē-\

Definition of nauseating 

: causing nausea or especially disgust

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Other Words from nauseating

nauseatingly adverb

Nauseous vs. Nauseated: Usage Guide

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.
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Sure, the battle between Gregor Clegane and Oberyn Martell more than solidified itself as one of the single most shocking (and nauseating) events in Game of Thrones history. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Game of Thrones' Podcast: Smashing Back Into "The Mountain and the Viper"," 11 July 2018 But the nauseating flattery Trump lavished on this mass murderer did little to promote those interests. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump thinks his personal relationships with dictators will save the world. He's wrong | Trudy Rubin," 15 June 2018 Instead, The Tale lets moments hang, empty and nauseating, and allows characters to meet across time and cross-examine one another. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "In The Tale, A Painful Reckoning With Abuse," 31 May 2018 The first in a series of federal suits raising accusations of nauseating hog operations in eastern North Carolina headed to a 10-member jury after attorneys summarized the evidence presented at a three-week civil trial. Washington Post, "Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells," 25 Apr. 2018 Patriots fans are often called entitled or nauseating for their Super Bowl gloating. USA TODAY, "Fans Behaving Badly: Pats, Eagles bring out worst in fans," 22 Jan. 2018 Both possibilities were nauseating, the names alone evoking the sticky vinyl funk (yellow) and chemically cleaned bathroom sweetness (Greyhound) that would make reading impossible. Rachel Z. Arndt, Longreads, "Rules for Departure," 11 Apr. 2018 So too is actor and M.P. Glenda Jackson’s stirring takedown of Thatcher in Parliament, delivered during the nauseating series of tributes to Thatcher after her death. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Top Girls' keep others down in excellent Renaissance production," 8 Apr. 2018 But this plate of pasta — bitter and pungent, nourishing and perhaps a bit nauseating — should be savored on its own. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Great Silence,’ a 1968 Spaghetti Western Unchained," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nauseating

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nauseating was in 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of nauseating

: causing you to feel like you are going to vomit

: causing disgust

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