Definition of unwholesome in English:



  • Not characterized by or conducive to health or moral well-being.

    ‘the use of the living room as sleeping quarters led to unwholesome crowding’
    • ‘Out of the unwholesome cauldron of junk science, they have conjured up lawsuits over something called ‘toxic mold.’’
    • ‘Meditation simply means cultivating a wholesome and sane habit, which becomes an antidote for the unwholesome, confused, destructive habits that we have developed.’
    • ‘Given the overall deftness of direction and performance, one expects Irma Vep to be a highlight of the season - good, unwholesome larky fun.’
    • ‘Several faculty members began to suspect there was something unwholesome about his relationship with Keith.’
    • ‘There is nothing unwholesome about excelling or about making a profit.’
    • ‘By now you will have realised that the Mount St Cemetary has been overrun by hordes of stoners, underage whores, paedophiles, corporate types, necrophiliacs, and other unwholesome sorts, not to mention vampires.’
    • ‘Most people have a pretty good idea of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, and yet we are all guilty of making the same unwholesome choices.’
    • ‘Their teacher-pupil relationship has the air of someone imparting unwholesome, faintly dangerous but thrillingly forbidden truths: a course in deflowerment in which the pupil must first be deflowered.’
    • ‘Perhaps they have - although, as Sierra Leone showed this year, the arms trade is still its secretive, unwholesome self - but if lessons have been digested can they ever answer the conundrum posed by risk-aversion?’
    • ‘It may be too much to ask film makers to tell the most complete, unwholesome aspects of a story.’
    • ‘Whether you like it for not, Harry Potter is here to stay, and although parents may have a few concerns that it is unwholesome to make magic and spells fashionable, at least they know where their kids are, and what they are doing.’
    • ‘If people aren't careful, there is a temptation to substitute loving relationships for something which is unwholesome.’
    • ‘What this unwholesome alliance produced at the Javits Center was an unrestrained wallow in sentimentality and anti-development attitudes.’
    • ‘They are often given irregular, inadequate and unwholesome food supplies, and often no money for fuel, and are expected to dish up something six days a week and wipe out the 50 per cent malnutrition among children.’
    • ‘Like a lot of lefties spooked by recent unwholesome political successes by the American right, I'm angry and feeling rhetorically confrontational these days, but violence is not the way to express it.’
    • ‘The main reason for all these unwholesome events and relations have been the dispute over Kashmir problem, which has remained oscillating for this whole time between them.’
    • ‘Unlike the professional legislators in Washington, they are also more likely to hold regular jobs and feel the bite of any unwholesome laws they enact.’
    • ‘By this theory, we are at the Pavlovian mercy of the food industry, which spends nearly $10 billion a year advertising unwholesome junk food and fast food.’
    • ‘‘I was drawn to the extremity in a slightly unwholesome way,’ she says.’
    • ‘The same author comments that quail were not eaten much in classical times, apparently because they were thought to be unwholesome because of eating poisonous plants such as hellebore.’
    unhealthy, noxious, poisonous
    improper, immoral, indecent, corrupting, depraving, salacious, subversive, exploitative
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