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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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 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 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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“Unwholesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwholesome. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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unwholesome

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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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