from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Revolting or disgusting; loathsome: a sickening stench.
  • adj. Causing sickness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing sickness or disgust.
  • v. Present participle of sicken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing sickness; specif., causing surfeit or disgust; nauseating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making sick; causing or tending to cause faintness, nausea, disgust, or loathing: as, sickening sounds; sickening servility.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing or able to cause nausea


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  • If you recall, just before he became president, Prince Turki, the Saudi ambassador to the United States had a piece in the "Financial Times" criticizing what he called the sickening legacy of the Bush administration with regard to the Middle East.

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  • My mother, pennyless and burthened with two children, waited week after week, and month after month, in sickening expectation of a reply, which never came.

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