Share this entry

Share this page

sickening

Line breaks: sick¦en|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkənɪŋ
 
/

Definition of sickening in English:

adjective

1Causing or liable to cause a feeling of nausea or disgust: a sickening stench of blood she hit the ground with a sickening thud
More example sentences
  • The sickening stench of blood hit him like a tidal wave.
  • The limp body fell to the ground with a sickening thud, splattering blood all over the road.
  • Fear washed over her again, with a sickening nausea too.
Synonyms
1.1 informal Causing great annoyance or disappointment: it is sickening to think we had done enough to win and then had to leave with nothing
More example sentences
  • Perhaps the most sickening fact is that they have been able to frighten a small number of our older people into believing that they will not be able to afford to pay for vital services.

Derivatives

sickeningly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It's maddeningly, sickeningly and disgustingly humid over here.
  • It was a sickeningly hot summer, leading to disease which, combined with malnutrition, took a heavy toll on Napoleon's troops.
  • The pressure will be unbearable, the stakes sickeningly high.

Definition of sickening in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure