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

Other Words from unwholesome

unwholesomely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for unwholesome

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 There was something indefinably unwholesome about him. Ian Mcewan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 And in more than 250 episodes, little-sister character Dora Winifred Read was a blissfully unwholesome role model for little girls: smart, funny, and unlikable. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 23 Feb. 2022 The air around Brainerd registers an unwholesome shade of brown. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 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 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unwholesome.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unwholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About unwholesome

Time Traveler for unwholesome

Time Traveler

The first known use of unwholesome was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near unwholesome

unwhitewashed

unwholesome

unwholesomeness

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unwholesome

Last Updated

5 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Unwholesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwholesome. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for unwholesome

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

More from Merriam-Webster on unwholesome

Nglish: Translation of unwholesome for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of unwholesome for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!