Definitions

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  • n. One who, or that which, sickens.
  • n. A small, bright red and possibly poisonous russula or brittlegill, Russula emetica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something that sickens, in any sense; especially, a cause of disgust, antipathy, or aversion; a reason for being sick of something.

Etymologies

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sicken +‎ -er

Examples

  • If anyone wants a real sickener, get it first-person singular from the horse's mouth:

    Lock her up

  • Some time later, when Inez was in charge of a group of fighting women, when she was all alone, scared, tired and miserable, when she had to win a fight first with herself to make herself go on before she could make anyone else do so, she had cause to remember that “sickener.”

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  • Doubtless the French thought this would prove a sickener, for great was their consternation when, before the smoke had well cleared away, they saw the shattered but dauntless brigade advancing fiercely and steadily upon them.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • Oh! it was a sickener, and how the fellows had laughed!

    Acton's Feud A Public School Story

  • But our first greeting had been a sickener, and it appeared almost doubtful whether he would venture to attack us again, although the officers did every thing in their power to induce their men to advance.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 339, January, 1844

  • "The fact is," he said, as they sat on the balcony overlooking the river, waiting for Jack Bruce to return with his car, "I've had a bit of a sickener."

    The White Feather

  • It's a fair sickener to think of all the diseases there are -- measles and softenin 'of the brain, and' eaving stummicks and what not.

    The Blue Germ

  • It was the red thread of life and love, blood-color -- blood-maker, blood-spiller, heart-quickener, heart-sickener, the red thread of romance, of motherhood and of lust, birth and murder, family and bawdry.

    We Can't Have Everything

  • Jove, it was a sickener, though there were some fine moments, I admit; and I can understand how Spaniards, brought up to understand every stroke, every move, think it fine sport.

    The Car of Destiny

  • I hope it may last, and I have had such a sickener of invalidism that my intention is to keep severely out of all imprudences.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

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  • The host and hostess, with a servant girl whom they kept, were all upon the alert to make things agreeable. They laid a heavy hand upon all the fowls in the poultry-yard. These precious roasts, with some undisguised rabbits, cats in the masquerade of a fricassee, and a deluging tureen of soup, stinking of cabbage and greasy with mutton fat, were enough to have given a sickener to the inveterate stomachs of a regiment.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 5 ch. 1

    September 19, 2008