causing or capable of causing sickness, especially nausea, disgust, or loathing: sickening arrogance.

1715–25; sicken + -ing2

sickeningly, adverb

nauseating, disgusting, loathsome. Unabridged


verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become sick.

1150–1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1

resicken, verb
unsickened, adjective

repulse, revolt, disgust, upset. Unabridged
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sicken (ˈsɪkən)
vb (often foll by for)
1.  to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
2.  to show symptoms (of an illness)

sickening (ˈsɪkənɪŋ)
1.  causing sickness or revulsion
2.  informal extremely annoying

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "to become sick," originally the verb was simply sick (c.1150), from sick (adj.). Transf. sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1694.
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Example sentences
It is sickening to watch areas that are livable being destroyed by greed.
Then came the sickening sound of a wild tumble, the clatter of hooves, a
  terrified wail.
It is sickening that academics would praise this behavior.
The sheer arrogance in this conversation is repulsive and sickening and wreaks
  of vanity and fear.
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