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Definition of sickening adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1making you feel disgusted or shocked synonym repulsive She was the victim of a sickening attack. the sickening stench of burned flesh He described what had happened in sickening detail.
  2. 2making you afraid that someone has been badly hurt or that something has been broken Her head hit the ground with a sickening thud. The truck hit a gully and gave a sickening lurch.
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sickening

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