Definition of Sicken

1. Verb. Cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of. "The performance is likely to sicken Sue"; "The pornographic pictures sickened us"

Exact synonyms: Churn Up, Disgust, Nauseate, Revolt
Generic synonyms: Repel, Repulse
Specialized synonyms: Appal, Appall, Offend, Outrage, Scandalise, Scandalize, Shock
Derivative terms: Disgust, Nausea

2. Verb. Get sick. "She fell sick last Friday, and now she is in the hospital"
Exact synonyms: Come Down
Specialized synonyms: Wan, Contract, Get, Take, Canker
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen

3. Verb. Upset and make nauseated. "The mold on the food sickened the diners"
Exact synonyms: Nauseate, Turn One's Stomach
Generic synonyms: Disgust, Gross Out, Repel, Revolt
Derivative terms: Nausea, Nausea, Nauseant

4. Verb. Make sick or ill. "This kind of food sickens me"
Specialized synonyms: Choke, Gag
Generic synonyms: Harm

Definition of Sicken

1. v. t. To make sick; to disease.

2. v. i. To become sick; to fall into disease.

Definition of Sicken

1. Verb. (transitive) To make ill. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To become ill. ¹

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Definition of Sicken

1. to make sick [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: sick

Medical Definition of Sicken

1. 1. To make sick; to disease. "Raise this strength, and sicken that to death." (Prior) 2. To make qualmish; to nauseate; to disgust; as, to sicken the stomach. 3. To impair; to weaken. Origin: Sickened; Sickening. 1. To become sick; to fall into disease. "The judges that sat upon the jail, and those that attended, sickened upon it and died." (Bacon) 2. To be filled to disgust; to be disgusted or nauseated; to be filled with abhorrence or aversion; to be surfeited or satiated. "Mine eyes did sicken at the sight." (Shak) 3. To become disgusting or tedious. "The toiling pleasure sickens into pain." (Goldsmith) 4. To become weak; to decay; to languish. "All pleasures sicken, and all glories sink." (Pope) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sicken

sick puppy
sick role
sick sinus syndrome
sick to one's stomach
sick up
sicken (current term)

Literary usage of Sicken

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"S. See DISGUST, ABHORRENCE, AVERSION. nauseate, vi sicken, rise (of the stomach), ... vt 1. sicken, turn (of the stomach), revolt (implying a revulsion of ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"... We sicken soon from her contagious care ; Grieve for her sorrows, groan for her despair. Frier. ..."

3. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, William Caxton (1903)
"CHAPTER XII How Sir Launcelot began to sicken, and after died, whose body was borne to Joyous Gard for to be buried. THEN Sir Launcelot never after ate but ..."

4. Lives of Indian Officers by John William Kaye (1889)
"Determined, as he said, to examine into all the sins of the place, he rode into the slave-market, and saw ' enough to shame and sicken the coarsest heart. ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"These are hung on the plantation fence, or from the branches of plants in the garden, either to prevent theft or to sicken the thief; over the doorway of ..."

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