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[naw-zee-ey-ting, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-] /ˈnɔ ziˌeɪ tɪŋ, -ʒi-, -si-, -ʃi-/
causing sickness of the stomach; nauseous.
such as to cause contempt, disgust, loathing, etc.:
I had to listen to the whole nauseating story.
Origin of nauseating
1635-45; nauseate + -ing2
Related forms
nauseatingly, adverb
unnauseating, adjective
Usage note
See nauseous.


[naw-zee-eyt, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-] /ˈnɔ ziˌeɪt, -ʒi-, -si-, -ʃi-/
verb (used with object), nauseated, nauseating.
to affect with nausea; sicken.
to cause to feel extreme disgust:
His vicious behavior toward the dogs nauseates me.
verb (used without object), nauseated, nauseating.
to become affected with nausea.
1630-40; < Latin nauseātus (past participle of nauseāre to be seasick). See nausea, -ate1
Related forms
unnauseated, adjective
Can be confused
nauseated, nauseous (see usage note at nauseous)
2. revolt.
2. attract, delight.
Usage note
See nauseous. Unabridged
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  • But a comedy in which the wittol-hero successfully conducts the cuckolding of himself is nauseating.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
  • I can talk shop with you without either shocking or nauseating you.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There was a nauseating influence in it; where had I inhaled that subtle perfume last?

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • “A nauseating mess, no doubt,” carelessly remarked the land baron.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Through the opened window came the sound of bells—church bells—a sound more depressing to me than superstition, and as nauseating.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for nauseating


/ˈnɔːzɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
(transitive) to arouse feelings of disgust or revulsion in
to feel or cause to feel sick
Derived Forms
nauseating, adjective
nauseation, noun
nauseatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nauseating



1630s, "to feel sick, to become affected with nausea," from nauseat- past participle stem of Latin nauseare "to feel seasick, to vomit," also "to cause disgust," from nausea (see nausea). Related: Nauseated; nauseating; nauseatingly. In its early life it also had transitive senses of "to reject (food, etc.) with a feeling of nausea" (1640s) and "to create a loathing in, to cause nausea" (1650s). Careful writers use nauseated for "sick at the stomach" and reserve nauseous (q.v.) for "sickening to contemplate."

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nauseating in Medicine

nauseate nau·se·ate (nô'zē-āt', -zhē-, -sē-, -shē-)
v. nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing, nau·se·ates
To feel or cause to feel nausea.

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