Definition of sickening in English:

sickening

adjective

  • 1Causing or liable to cause a feeling of nausea or disgust.

    ‘a sickening stench of blood’
    ‘she hit the ground with a sickening thud’
    • ‘The sickening stench of blood hit him like a tidal wave.’
    • ‘With the club poised to go out of business on January 18 unless a new owner can be found, the sickening injury left Brass fearful he may have played his last game for the club.’
    • ‘A sickening thud came from the direction of the tower.’
    • ‘At least a dozen times over the past two years I've heard the sickening thud and tortured tire screech that signals a fresh wreck at the intersection.’
    • ‘His was gaping desperately, taking in huge lungfuls of air, a sickening wheezing sound coming out through his mouth.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there's a bright yellow flash, a sickening thud as the shock waves explode and shards of glass scream past your face.’
    • ‘The scream was followed by the sickening sensation of falling and she desperately braced herself.’
    • ‘The limp body fell to the ground with a sickening thud, splattering blood all over the road.’
    • ‘I winced each time it came down with a sickening thud into the gory mass.’
    • ‘These buildings had produced the most sickening and horrific ashes and smoke in existence, and now they were where the thief was hiding.’
    • ‘The width of the pavement plus about six inches, as Matt and the cart hit the fence about halfway up with a sickening, bone-crunching thud.’
    • ‘Where in the chart was the horrendous road accident, the sickening collision of metal and concrete?’
    • ‘A bereaved couple have been left devastated after their stillborn baby's grave was destroyed in a sickening arson attack.’
    • ‘Coun Irwin said he was ‘horrified’ when he discovered the sickening material on the parish council's site.’
    • ‘I bit back the urge to scream, as the wind whistled past my face and I braced myself for a sickening thud and terrible landing.’
    • ‘But it keeps coming away in his hands and he has a sickening feeling of horror that he may be causing grave and unthinkable damage, so he just guiltily muddles it up into a ball.’
    • ‘Fear washed over her again, with a sickening nausea too.’
    • ‘Smashing their way in, officers were met with a sickening stench and dead bluebottles covering the stairs.’
    • ‘He grinned at this, though my heart gave a sickening little fearful lurch.’
    • ‘When a family loses someone close, all they have is the grave, it's their only comfort and it's a sickening thought that people out there are ruining graves.’
    nauseating, stomach-turning, stomach-churning, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, repellent, repugnant, appalling, abominable, hideous, horrible, awful, dreadful, terrible, obnoxious, nauseous, vile, nasty, foul, loathsome, offensive, objectionable, off-putting, distasteful, disagreeable, uninviting
    abhorrent, despicable, reprehensible, contemptible, odious, heinous, obscene, hateful, execrable
    gruesome, grisly
    vomitous
    sick-making, ghastly, putrid, horrid, god-awful, gross, gut-churning, yucky, icky, cringe-making
    beastly
    bogging
    skanky
    noisome
    disgustful, loathly
    rebarbative
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    1. 1.1informal Causing great annoyance or disappointment.
      ‘it is sickening to think we had done enough to win and then had to leave with nothing’
      • ‘Perhaps the most sickening fact is that they have been able to frighten a small number of our older people into believing that they will not be able to afford to pay for vital services.’

Pronunciation:

sickening

/ˈsɪkənɪŋ/