sick·​en·​ing | \ ˈsi-kə-niŋ How to pronounce sickening (audio) , ˈsik-niŋ\

Definition of sickening

: causing sickness or disgust a sickening odor a sickening display

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Other Words from sickening

sickeningly \ ˈsi-​kə-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce sickeningly (audio) , ˈsik-​niŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of sickening in a Sentence

a sickening display of selfishness We heard the squeal of brakes and a sickening thud.

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For the Angels, there was the sickening symmetry of a decade ago, when 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver. Andy Mccullough,, "Angels’ Tyler Skaggs remembered for confidence, competitiveness and wit," 1 July 2019 These units are called radians (apologies if this term provokes a violent and sickening flashback to high school math), and there are 2π of them in a circle. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The math of pi explained, as simply as possible," 13 Mar. 2019 Terra left, badly shaken, with the sickening feeling that her mother was choosing John over her. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 The world witnessed the sickening consequences of modern warfare. Aaron Schnoor, WSJ, "The Great War Produced Some Great Poetry," 9 Nov. 2018 Spieth’s shot never had a prayer, landing on the front bank with a sickening thud and bouncing into its watery grave. Adam Schupak, New York Times, "At the Masters’ 12th Hole, Shots Are Left Twisting in the Wind," 4 Apr. 2018 Then a videotape surfaces at a news outlet, with sickening confirmation of Sabrina’s fate. New York Times, "Can You Illustrate Emotional Absence? These Graphic Novels Do," 31 May 2018 Ever since the Reagan revolution, Democrats have had a sickening feeling that their core idea about government is unsellable. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 Johnson is the prosecutor who helped a couple of trigger-happy Glynn County cops avoid prosecution in the sickening 2010 shooting death of Caroline Small, an unarmed mother trapped in her car after a slow-speed chase. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Something stinks in Brunswick, and it ain’t paper mills," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of sickening

1789, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sickening

: causing you to feel sick
: causing a strong feeling of disgust
of a sound : causing great concern especially because someone or something may have been badly harmed


sick·​en·​ing | \ ˈsi-kə-niŋ\

Kids Definition of sickening

: causing sickness or disgust a sickening smell

Other Words from sickening

sickeningly adverb


sick·​en·​ing | \ ˈsik-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce sickening (audio) \

Medical Definition of sickening

: causing sickness or nausea

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