unwholesome


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un·whole·some

 (ŭn-hōl′səm)
adj.
1. Not conducive to good health; unhealthy: unwholesome foods.
2. Suggestive of disease or bad health: an unwholesome pallor.
3. Not conducive to morality; morally harmful: found his enthusiasm for gambling unwholesome.

un·whole′some·ly adv.
un·whole′some·ness n.

unwholesome

(ʌnˈhəʊlsəm)
adj
1. detrimental to physical or mental health: an unwholesome climate.
2. morally harmful or depraved: unwholesome practices.
3. indicative of illness, esp in appearance
4. (esp of food) of inferior quality
unˈwholesomely adv
unˈwholesomeness n

un•whole•some

(ʌnˈhoʊl səm)

adj.
1. not wholesome; unhealthful; deleterious to physical or mental health.
2. unhealthy, esp. in appearance: an unwholesome pallor.
3. morally harmful; depraved.
[1150–1200]
un•whole′some•ly, adv.
un•whole′some•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-beingunwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
unhealthful - detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint"
unhealthy - not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind; "unhealthy ulcers"
noxious - injurious to physical or mental health; "noxious chemical wastes"; "noxious ideas"
unsound - not sound financially; "unsound banking practices"
wholesome - conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being; "wholesome attitude"; "wholesome appearance"; "wholesome food"

unwholesome

adjective
1. harmful, unhealthy, noxious, deleterious, junk (informal), tainted, poisonous, insanitary, insalubrious, unnourishing a chemically reactive ecologically unwholesome substance
harmful healthy, beneficial, wholesome, sanitary, hygienic, salubrious, germ-free
2. wicked, bad, evil, corrupting, perverting, degrading, immoral, depraving, demoralizing, maleficent My desire to be rich was an insane, unwholesome desire.
wicked moral, edifying

unwholesome

adjective
1. Not sustaining or promoting health:
2. Morally detrimental:
3. Susceptible to or marked by preoccupation with unwholesome matters:
4. Extremely unpleasant to the senses or feelings:
Translations

unwholesome

[ˈʌnˈhəʊlsəm] ADJ
1. (= unhealthy) [food] → poco sano, poco saludable; [air] → malsano, poco saludable; [smell] → desagradable
2. (morally) [lifestyle, desire, habit] → malsano, pernicioso; [thoughts] → malsano
to have an unwholesome interest in sthtener un interés malsano en algo

unwholesome

adjungesund; influenceungut, verderblich; appearance, characterschmierig; foodminderwertig; smellfaul; desire, thoughts, story, jokesschmutzig; they are rather unwholesome company for hersie sind nicht gerade ein guter Umgang für sie; to have an unwholesome interest in somebody/somethingein perverses Interesse an jdm/etw haben

unwholesome

[ʌnˈhəʊlsəm] adj (food) → non genuino/a; (climate, smell) → malsano/a; (thoughts, influence) → cattivo/a
References in classic literature ?
In society there were silly conversations lasting half a minute, cool acquaintanceships founded on such half-minutes, general reciprocity of suspicion, overcrowding, insufficient ventilation, bad music badly executed, late hours, unwholesome food, intoxicating liquors, jealous competition in useless expenditure, husband-hunting, flirting, dancing, theatres, and concerts.
A clammy and intensely cold mist, it made its slow way through the air in ripples that visibly followed and overspread one another, as the waves of an unwholesome sea might do.
It hath been a great endangering to the health of some plantations, that they have built along the sea and rivers, in marish and unwholesome grounds.
They were Paul Ferroll, 'Why Paul Ferroll Killed His Wife,' and 'Day after Day.' The first two were, of course, related to each other, and they were all three full of unwholesome force.
How little real sympathy there exists between us; how many of my thoughts and feelings are gloomily cloistered within my own mind; how much of my higher and better self is indeed unmarried - doomed either to harden and sour in the sunless shade of solitude, or to quite degenerate and fall away for lack of nutriment in this unwholesome soil!
There was the swamp, the bush, and the perpetual chorus of frogs, the rank unseemly growth, the unwholesome steaming earth.
What was unwholesome to him he regarded as unfit for any body; and he had, therefore, earnestly tried to dissuade them from having any weddingcake at all, and when that proved vain, as earnestly tried to prevent any body's eating it.
Fit habitation for gods, which, so short a time before, was bleak, damp, and unwholesome. My spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature; the past was blotted from my memory, the present was tranquil, and the future gilded by bright rays of hope and anticipations of joy."
Filled with these thoughts - so filled that he had an unwholesome sense of growing larger, of being placed in some new and diseased relation towards the objects among which he passed, of seeing the iris round every misty light turn red - he went home for shelter.
The house was very close, and had an unwholesome smell.
John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten: large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities.
I am going to the medicine-chest next, to physic the kitchen-maid -- an unwholesome girl, whose face-ache is all stomach.