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1. Causing nausea; sickening: "the most nauseous offal fit for the gods" (John Fowles).
2. Affected with nausea.
Usage Note: Traditional usage lore has insisted that nauseous should be used only to mean "causing nausea" and that it is incorrect to use it to mean "feeling sick to one's stomach." Back in 1965, the Usage Panel was in step with this thinking, with 88 percent rejecting the "feeling sick" meaning of nauseous in the sentence Roller coasters make me nauseous, preferring nauseated instead. Over the years, however, this attitude has shifted dramatically. The proportion of Panelists who disapproved of this same sentence dropped to 72 percent in 1988, 39 percent in 1999, and a slim 23 percent in 2013. This change may have been inevitable once people began to think that nauseous did not properly mean "causing nausea." Even in our 1988 survey, this was the case, as 88 percent preferred nauseating in the sentence The children looked a little green from too many candy apples and nauseating (not nauseous) rides. In 2013, the Panel was presented with this sentence using the word nauseous, and only 30 percent found it acceptable. Since there is abundant evidence for the "feeling sick" use of nauseous, the word presents a classic example of a word whose traditional, "correct" usage has largely been supplanted by a newer, "incorrect" one. In other words, what was once considered an error is now standard practice. Nauseous is now far more common than nauseated in describing the sick feeling.
1. feeling sick
2. (Medicine) causing nausea
3. distasteful to the mind or senses; repulsive
nau•seous(ˈnɔ ʃəs, -zi əs)
1. affected with nausea; nauseated.
2. causing nausea; sickening; nauseating.
3. disgusting; loathsome.
usage: The two literal senses of nauseous, “affected with nausea” (to feel nauseous) and “causing nausea” (a nauseous smell), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both are in standard use at present. nauseous in the sense “affected with nausea” is often criticized, though it is more common than nauseated, the recommended form, in this sense. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous: a nauseating smell; nauseating eating habits.
nauseous, nauseated - Nauseous ("sickening") is an adjective describing something that causes nausea; the adjective for the feeling ("made sick") is nauseated.
See also related terms for sick.
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|Adj.||1.||nauseous - causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"|
unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"
|2.||nauseous - feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit|
1. sick, green, ill, unwell, nauseated, queasy, bilious, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal) The drugs make me feel nauseous.
nauseous[ˈnɔːzɪəs] adj (Med) (fig) → nauseabondo/a
to be nauseous → avere la nausea
1. propenso a tener náuseas;
2. que produce náusea o asco.