nau·​se·​at·​ing | \ ˈnȯ-zhē-ˌā-tiŋ How to pronounce nauseating (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Since the rise of personal video technologies, particularly the smartphone camera, modern lynchings of black men and women like Arbery’s have been captured with nauseating frequency. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Video Lynching of Ahmaud Arbery," 12 May 2020 It was finalized on March 31 amid a public-health crisis and a nauseating recession, with only a presidential tweet and a five-sentence press release to show for itself. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Auto Rollback Will Eliminate 13,500 Jobs," 13 Apr. 2020 Only one team in the top eight in pace is in the top 10 in free-throw shooting — Houston, whose best player, James Harden, is an excellent free-throw shooter who gets to the line at a nauseating pace. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves are struggling from the free-throw line. Is their pace to blame?," 22 Nov. 2019 Violent movies and video games are not the cause of the nauseating wave of mass shootings and random gun deaths in this country; the cause is the guns. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter Film Critics Debate: Does 'Joker' Have a Problematic Punchline?," 1 Oct. 2019 One way to mitigate the nauseating effects is to drink lots of water, but that meant double the bathroom breaks on the drive there. Cady Drell, Glamour, "A Day With Major Michelle Curran, the Only Female Thunderbird Pilot in the U.S. Air Force," 27 Sep. 2019 Interspersed with the mayhem are flashbacks to the Holocaust that include cruelties both expected and nauseating, as if to justify the Nazi hunters' zeal, but their frequency borders on exploitation. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: For Amazon's 'Hunters,' killing Nazis comes first; they'll figure out the rest later," 19 Feb. 2020 There have always been financial panics and long before our modern world of hyper-connectivity fueled by technology and instantaneity there have been sudden and nauseating market plunges. Zachary Karabell, Time, "A Stock Market Crash Was Coming, Coronavirus Was Just the Spark," 2 Mar. 2020 This was a nauseating sequence for Golden State fans who feared Wiggins — acquired Thursday in a blockbuster trade with the Timberwolves — would bring his bad habits to his new team. Connor Letourneau,, "Andrew Wiggins impresses in Warriors debut as Golden State falls to Lakers," 8 Feb. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nauseating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce nauseating (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nauseating

: causing you to feel like you are going to vomit
: causing disgust

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