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unwholesome

[uhn-hohl-suh m] /ʌnˈhoʊl səm/
adjective
1.
not wholesome; unhealthful; deleterious to health or physical or moral well-being:
unwholesome food; unwholesome activities.
2.
not sound in health; unhealthy, especially in appearance; suggestive of disease:
an unwholesome pallor.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; see un-1, wholesome
Related forms
unwholesomely, adverb
unwholesomeness, noun
Synonyms
1. insalubrious, noxious, pernicious.
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  • Such a drastic and far-reaching policy had to have unwholesome repercussions upon the population framework.
  • Others solely cram in decaying and unwholesome squats where eking out a descent living is as tough as finding out a balanced life.
  • Plants will be responsible for preventing meat and poultry that are unsafe or unwholesome from entering the food supply.
  • In addition to the moral failures underscored, the report reveals unwholesome social policy trends.
  • Investigates law violations, including sales of unwholesome or misbranded meat.
  • To eliminate nuisance or unwholesome influences in the neighborhood.
  • Sick animals, or animals that have died of illness or unknown causes are considered unwholesome and must not be used for food.
British Dictionary definitions for unwholesome

unwholesome

/ʌnˈhəʊlsəm/
adjective
1.
detrimental to physical or mental health: an unwholesome climate
2.
morally harmful or depraved: unwholesome practices
3.
indicative of illness, esp in appearance
4.
(esp of food) of inferior quality
Derived Forms
unwholesomely, adverb
unwholesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwholesome
adj.

c.1200, from un- (1) "not" + wholesome. Cf. Flemish onheylsaem, German unheilsam, Old Norse uheilsamr.

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