unwholesome

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

Definition of unwholesome

  1. 1 :  detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being :  unhealthy unwholesome food unwholesome pastimes

  2. 2a :  corrupt, unsound shady unwholesome dealingsb :  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

13th Century

First Known Use of unwholesome

13th century


UNWHOLESOME Defined for English Language Learners

unwholesome

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

Definition of unwholesome for English Language Learners

  • : not good for your health

  • : not mentally or morally good and normal


UNWHOLESOME Defined for Kids

unwholesome

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

Definition of unwholesome for Students

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



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