unwholesome

adjective un·whole·some \ ˌən-ˈhōl-səm \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of unwholesome

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

unwholesomely

adverb

Examples of unwholesome in a Sentence

  1. He has an unwholesome fascination with death.

  2. health inspectors shut down several food stands that were using tainted and unwholesome meat

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First Known Use of unwholesome

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNWHOLESOME Defined for English Language Learners

unwholesome

Definition of unwholesome for English Language Learners

  • : not good for your health

  • : not mentally or morally good and normal


UNWHOLESOME Defined for Kids

unwholesome

adjective un·whole·some \ ˌən-ˈhōl-səm \

Definition of unwholesome for Students

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


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