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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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British Dictionary definitions for unwholesomeness

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 unwholesomeness

unwholesome

adj.

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

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