unwholesome

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

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

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

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Douglas hopes that within the safe space of the home parents and kids can enter a dialogue about these aspects of childhood, which often are waved away as unwholesome fantasy. Jef Rouner, Houston Chronicle, "Wilde Collection art show makes dark less scary for young artists," 21 June 2018 And the whole ad is absolutely memorable, in a thoroughly unwholesome way. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Most Unhinged Political Ad of 2018 Is Already Here," 9 Apr. 2018 All five children in the home were found living in unwholesome and unsafe surroundings covered with filth, dirty diapers, lice and insect bites, according to social workers and an investigator who testified in Accomack County court. USA TODAY, "Toddlers in cages: Virginia mom indicted on 5 counts of child abuse," 5 Oct. 2017 While decidedly unwholesome, the wanton gala headlined by RL Grime was imbued with good cheer. By Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "RL Grime headlines the Seasons Music Festival at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland," 5 Aug. 2017 This time around, Bertie’s mother, Irene, is determined to protect him from the unwholesome influences of modern life. Bethanne Patrick, The Denver Post, "A Scottish boy needs all the moral support he can get in “The Bertie Project”," 24 Feb. 2017 Now here's the dismaying part: The aliens, who look like the product of an unwholesome experiment to cross a scorpion with a mole rat, enter the world aggressive, energetic, and hungry. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "‘Alien: Covenant’ Offers Ghoulish Fun But ‘Tinsel Town Science’," 22 May 2017 Someone who is rude, conceited, lacks hygiene and is unwholesome. David Perloff, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Blind Date: Fly boys take to the air," 28 June 2017 Such a scenario could hurt businesses—for instance, those making unwholesome foods who do use the clearer labels, or those selling nutritious foods that don’t. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Trump admin. delays Obama-era reboot of nutrition label amid industry pressure," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of unwholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of unwholesome

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

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