Definitions

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  • adv. In a manner to sicken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a sickening manner; so as to sicken or disgust.

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

  • adv. in a disgusting manner or to a disgusting degree

Etymologies

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sickening +‎ -ly

Examples

  • When “The Lars Affair” script came to be cast, Sue Ann Nivens was described as a sickeningly sweet Betty White type.

    Here We Go Again

  • Even today, I can recall the sickeningly sweet odor of what had become chronic open wounds, the sounds of the bells and whistles of the small army of machines that kept her alive and the increasingly rancorous discussions between the lead surgeon and other clinicians as the months dragged on.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Space Ark is a just-announced Xbox LIVE Arcade game that I can only describe as sickeningly adorable.

    Destructoid

  • Real life is kind of sickeningly fascinating, and I'm glad she chronicled that.

    Don't Plan Anything For the Next Couple of Hours--I've Got Some Reading For You

  • My use of the adverb "sickeningly" was meant to be ironic, something to which the teaching of school tends to make impervious even the brightest and the best.

    Mark Twain's Reputation

  • Musketballs smacked into timbers, splashed into flooded ground, and thunked sickeningly into human beings.

    George Washington’s First War

  • I'm 500 pages into the (thus far) strongest new work I've read in ten years (Littell's The Kindly Ones) and the sickeningly provincial squeamishness, ignorance and book-burning glee on display in its shittier reviews indicate that it's more than Fiction's purposes (et al) but also its * rights* that are under attack.

    Our Stories

  • I'm reading it now myself and have had the same reaction to the earlier reviews I read: "sickeningly provincial squeamishness" is about right.

    Our Stories

  • And I always enjoy putting a twist on things that we all take for granted and are, frankly, sometimes boring...like your basic Coke or root beer float, served lukewarmish and sickeningly sweet.

    Maria Rodale: Mojito Float--The Final Float!

  • OK: we're all familiar at this point with the sickeningly prissy, obsequious, condescending tone of the now-infamous column by the Toronto Star's "public editor," Kathy English.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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