Definition of sickening in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkənɪŋ/


1Causing or liable to cause a feeling of nausea or disgust: a sickening stench of blood she hit the ground with a sickening thud
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  • 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.
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
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkənɪŋli/
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.

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