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sickening

[sik-uh-ning] /ˈsɪk ə nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing or capable of causing sickness, especially nausea, disgust, or loathing:
sickening arrogance.
Origin of sickening
1715-1725
1715-25; sicken + -ing2
Related forms
sickeningly, adverb
Synonyms
nauseating, disgusting, loathsome.

sicken

[sik-uh n] /ˈsɪk ən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become sick.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related forms
resicken, verb
unsickened, adjective
Synonyms
repulse, revolt, disgust, upset.
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sickening

/ˈsɪkənɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing sickness or revulsion
2.
(informal) extremely annoying
Derived Forms
sickeningly, adverb

sicken

/ˈsɪkən/
verb
1.
to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
2.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sickening
adj.

"falling sick," 1725; "causing revulsion, disgust, or nausea," 1789, present participle adjective from sicken. Related: Sickeningly.

sicken

v.

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

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