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 sickening (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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the Chinese people know they are not allowed to hold anyone in Beijing accountable for this virus, or for the sickening pollution of their air and water. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "A Communist Coronavirus," 29 Jan. 2020 The documentary, understandably, carries with it a disclaimer regarding the upsetting nature of the sickening details surrounding Gabriel's abuse. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' examines how the system failed a murdered boy," 26 Feb. 2020 If possible, the deadening thud from this pitch — which nobody believed was in any way intentional — was even more sickening. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Scary HBP vs. Dodgers leaves Rangers OF Willie Calhoun with a fractured jaw," 8 Mar. 2020 But with a new promo showing Ru in full regalia, fans are now wondering if the star might give us some sickening looks on Saturday. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "5 Things We Want to See From RuPaul on 'Saturday Night Live'," 7 Feb. 2020 The early game atmosphere of euphoria surrounding Porzingis’ return suddenly, with 2:53 left in the first quarter, gave way to the sickening sight of Powell collapsing in agony and pounding his left fist on the American Airlines Center court. Dallas News, "Kristaps Porzingis’ Mavs return marred by Dwight Powell’s ruptured right Achilles tendon," 22 Jan. 2020 While showing the students how to separate the moose’s hoof from the rest of its leg, Mason warned there would be a somewhat sickening sound -- then demonstrated that sound by snapping the hoof off with a loud crack. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "A Chugiak High teacher hunted a moose and brought it to school. Then things got interesting.," 15 Dec. 2019 Aung San Suu Kyi - through choosing to come here to The Hague to defend Myanmar - is now having to listen to sickening allegations of mass murder and gang rape of the Rohingya people. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "A bad week for the Nobel Prize," 13 Dec. 2019 Mitch Albom: Michigan's sickening reality: Ohio State is just better The honeymoon and rebuild are over; after the bowl game, the roster will be entirely filled with players that Harbaugh recruited to Michigan. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh has embraced change before. He must now to do it again," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sickening

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sickening was in 1789

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“Sickening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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