unwholesome

adjective
un·​whole·​some | \ ˌən-ˈhōl-səm How to pronounce unwholesome (audio) \

Definition of unwholesome

1 : detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being : unhealthy unwholesome food unwholesome pastimes
2a : corrupt, unsound shady unwholesome dealings
b : offensive to the senses : loathsome the unwholesome stench

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Other Words from unwholesome

unwholesomely adverb

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Examples of unwholesome in a Sentence

He has an unwholesome fascination with death. health inspectors shut down several food stands that were using tainted and unwholesome meat
Recent Examples on the Web But the urge to remove monuments, rename buildings and expunge holiday appellations has become an unwholesome obsession on the political left. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 June 2021 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019 By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unwholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Unwholesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwholesome. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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unwholesome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwholesome

: not good for your health
: not mentally or morally good and normal

unwholesome

adjective
un·​whole·​some | \ ˌən-ˈhōl-səm How to pronounce unwholesome (audio) \

Kids Definition of unwholesome

: not good for bodily, mental, or moral health unwholesome food

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