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nauseous

[naw-shuh s, -zee-uh s] /ˈnɔ ʃəs, -zi əs/
adjective
1.
affected with nausea; nauseated:
to feel nauseous.
2.
causing nausea; sickening; nauseating.
3.
disgusting; loathsome:
a nauseous display of greed.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin nauseōsus. See nausea, -ous
Related forms
nauseously, adverb
nauseousness, noun
Can be confused
nauseated, nauseous (see usage note at the current entry)
Synonyms
3. revolting, nasty, repellent, abhorrent, detestable, despicable, offensive.
Antonyms
3. delightful.
Usage note
The two literal senses of nauseous, “causing nausea” (a nauseous smell) and “affected with nausea” (to feel nauseous), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both senses are in standard use at the present time. Nauseous is more common than nauseated in the sense “affected with nausea,” despite recent objections by those who imagine the sense to be new. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous: a nauseating smell.
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British Dictionary definitions for nauseousness

nauseous

/ˈnɔːzɪəs; -sɪ-/
adjective
1.
feeling sick
2.
causing nausea
3.
distasteful to the mind or senses; repulsive
Derived Forms
nauseously, adverb
nauseousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nauseousness

nauseous

adj.

c.1600, "inclined to nausea, easily made queasy" (obsolete), from nausea + -ous. Sense of "causing nausea or squeamishness" is attested from 1610s. For distinction from nauseated see nauseate. Related: Nauseously; nauseousness.

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nauseousness in Medicine

nauseous nau·seous (nô'shəs, -zē-əs)
adj.

  1. Causing nausea.

  2. Affected with nausea.


nau'seous·ly adv.
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