Things that sicken you make you feel upset or ill. It might sicken you to realize that you've hit a squirrel with your car.

When things sicken you, they either make you feel terrible — disgusted or horrified — or they make you physically sick. Eating a piece of moldy bread or some potato salad that's been sitting in the sun too long will probably sicken you. Reading a story about childhood hunger and poverty in the newspaper can also sicken you. The earliest meaning of sicken was "fall ill," from an Old English root, seoc, "ill, diseased, weak, or troubled."

Definitions of sicken

v make sick or ill

“This kind of food sickens me”
choke, gag
cause to retch or choke
Type of:
cause or do harm to

v upset and make nauseated

“The mold on the food sickened the diners”
nauseate, turn one's stomach
Type of:
disgust, gross out, repel, revolt
fill with distaste

v get sick

come down
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become pale and sickly
contract, get, take
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
become infected with a canker
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decline, worsen
grow worse

v cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

“The pornographic pictures sickened us”
churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt
appal, appall, offend, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock
strike with disgust or revulsion
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repel, repulse
be repellent to; cause aversion in

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