Definition of sicken in English:



  • 1with object Make (someone) feel disgusted or appalled.

    ‘she was sickened by the bomb attack’
    • ‘I am glad I am 72, because modern day people's attitudes sicken me.’
    • ‘John, I consider myself to be a person sickened by infanticide and those who support it.’
    • ‘You know, I've got to tell you, it shocks me and it kind of sickens me too, that if he goes to restaurants, people will come up to him and ask for his autograph, almost gleefully.’
    • ‘People are sickened and enraged at the slaughter of a free man and want to learn more about its circumstances, consider its implications and find some way to engage with this atrocity in meaningfully.’
    • ‘People were sickened by what they saw and his actions have done nothing but damage the already faltering reputation of racing in England.’
    • ‘It sickened him to hear people talking about the great country Ireland was because of EU funds.’
    • ‘We are sickened by the way you treat people that are different from you.’
    • ‘The very fact that people are willing to accept this in their daily lives kind of sickens me.’
    • ‘This entire situation and the people behind it sicken me.’
    • ‘And when we see the egregious way that the Government sold out these people, it sickens us.’
    • ‘That they seem to have done it for propaganda purposes must sicken all reasonable.’
    • ‘This both amuses and sickens me in equal measure.’
    • ‘It sickened me how many people didn't take advantage of all the time she gave us to do our work so that we didn't have homework, and how many of them criticized her efforts to be a caring teacher.’
    • ‘The reports about investigations into alleged postal vote fraud must sicken every person in the city who believes in the democratic system.’
    • ‘Having been raised on a rural farm in Norfolk, and now living in Stratford it sickens me to see blood sport taking place.’
    • ‘I am sickened by the way that these people treat their tenants.’
    • ‘What really sickens me is when people say that they can't afford to support a child, there are millions of people who would gladly take the child off your hands!’
    • ‘In general, people became sickened by the pictures of Afghani mud towns, in which some of the most impoverished people on earth lived, being pulverized by US bombers.’
    • ‘The idea of bombing innocent people sickens us, as it should any civilized nation.’
    • ‘It sickens me to see the system being undermined in the name of ‘saving’ and ‘efficiency.’’
    nauseate, make someone feel nauseous, make someone sick, turn someone's stomach, make someone's gorge rise, make someone's stomach rise, revolt, disgust, appal, repel, repulse, be repugnant to, offend
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    1. 1.1archaic no object Feel disgust or horror.
      ‘he sickened at the thought’
  • 2no object Become ill.

    ‘Dawson sickened unexpectedly and died in 1916’
    • ‘Perhaps the best-known Vibrio infection is cholera, which sickens many people in underdeveloped countries through contaminated food and water.’
    • ‘Their infection spreads quickly: those who initially survive their bites inevitably sicken and die within hours, only to resurrect within seconds.’
    • ‘People sicken and die every year, many of them children.’
    • ‘Eventually she bears a son, then sickens and dies.’
    • ‘Will they cease their depredations against the environment when it is so irreversibly compromised that even their own children begin to sicken and die?’
    • ‘More than 8,400 people were sickened before the WHO declared in June that the disease had been ‘stopped dead in its tracks.’’
    • ‘Do not let the sheep eat from the grass for they will sicken and die.’
    • ‘Most of all, of course, health care providers cannot make a profit if they have to treat people who cannot pay, which means they would have to let such people sicken or die instead of helping them.’
    • ‘Even on a tropical island, dinosaurs would sicken and die eventually.’
    • ‘How can a rich country like ours invade a country and then allow its own people to sicken and die for the lack of even basic medicines?’
    • ‘His pilgrimage is dogged by calamity, as oxen sicken and die, the cart carrying the bell catches fire, and waifs and strays join his tattered procession.’
    • ‘In July 2000, Snow Brand gave Japan its biggest-ever beverage recall after more than 13,000 people were sickened by bacteria-tainted milk.’
    • ‘As patients began to sicken and then die, the staff hunted for the cause.’
    • ‘The first monkeypox outbreak occurred in the United States in June 2003 when several people were sickened by infected pet prairie dogs.’
    • ‘How many hungered, sickened or died as a result?’
    • ‘Play on, Orsino tells his musicians about their love melodies, ‘that, surfeiting / The appetite may sicken, and so die.’’
    • ‘More than 14,700 people were sickened from tainted Snow Brand milk in Japan.’
    • ‘People sicken and die unexpectedly, often just as the reader - like the writer - gets to know them.’
    • ‘Mysterious maladies swept the flocks of chickens, the cattle and sheep sickened and died.’
    • ‘Labor conditions in the mines were so harsh that many sickened and died, especially from silicosis, or black lung disease, within months of their arrival.’
    become ill, fall ill, be taken ill, be taken sick, catch something
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    1. 2.1sicken for Begin to show symptoms of (a particular illness)
      ‘I hope I'm not sickening for a cold’
      become ill with, fall ill with, be taken ill with, show symptoms of, become infected with, get, catch, develop, pick up, contract, come down with, be struck down with, be stricken with
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