Definition of sicken in US English:



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

    ‘she was sickened by the bomb attack’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That they seem to have done it for propaganda purposes must sicken all reasonable.’
    • ‘And when we see the egregious way that the Government sold out these people, it sickens us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This both amuses and sickens me in equal measure.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am sickened by the way that these people treat their tenants.’
    • ‘It sickens me to see the system being undermined in the name of ‘saving’ and ‘efficiency.’’
    • ‘The idea of bombing innocent people sickens us, as it should any civilized nation.’
    • ‘The reports about investigations into alleged postal vote fraud must sicken every person in the city who believes in the democratic system.’
    • ‘People were sickened by what they saw and his actions have done nothing but damage the already faltering reputation of racing in England.’
    • ‘The very fact that people are willing to accept this in their daily lives kind of sickens me.’
    • ‘Having been raised on a rural farm in Norfolk, and now living in Stratford it sickens me to see blood sport taking place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This entire situation and the people behind it sicken me.’
    • ‘I am glad I am 72, because modern day people's attitudes sicken me.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Their infection spreads quickly: those who initially survive their bites inevitably sicken and die within hours, only to resurrect within seconds.’
    • ‘The first monkeypox outbreak occurred in the United States in June 2003 when several people were sickened by infected pet prairie dogs.’
    • ‘People sicken and die every year, many of them children.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best-known Vibrio infection is cholera, which sickens many people in underdeveloped countries through contaminated food and water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People sicken and die unexpectedly, often just as the reader - like the writer - gets to know them.’
    • ‘In July 2000, Snow Brand gave Japan its biggest-ever beverage recall after more than 13,000 people were sickened by bacteria-tainted milk.’
    • ‘Will they cease their depredations against the environment when it is so irreversibly compromised that even their own children begin to sicken and die?’
    • ‘As patients began to sicken and then die, the staff hunted for the cause.’
    • ‘How many hungered, sickened or died as a result?’
    • ‘Mysterious maladies swept the flocks of chickens, the cattle and sheep sickened and died.’
    • ‘Play on, Orsino tells his musicians about their love melodies, ‘that, surfeiting / The appetite may sicken, and so die.’’
    • ‘Eventually she bears a son, then sickens and dies.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Even on a tropical island, dinosaurs would sicken and die eventually.’
    • ‘Do not let the sheep eat from the grass for they will sicken and die.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 14,700 people were sickened from tainted Snow Brand milk in Japan.’
    • ‘More than 8,400 people were sickened before the WHO declared in June that the disease had been ‘stopped dead in its tracks.’’
    become ill, fall ill, be taken ill, be taken sick, catch something
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