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Definitions for unwholesome
ʌnˈhoʊl səmun·whole·some

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unwholesomeadjective

    detrimental to physical or moral well-being

    "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"


  1. unwholesomeadjective

    Not wholesome; unfavorable to health; insalubrious; unhealthy; as, unwholesome air; unwholesome food.

  2. unwholesomeadjective

    Not sound; diseased; tainted; impaired; defective.

  3. unwholesomeadjective

    Indicating unsound health; characteristic of or suggesting an unsound condition, physical or mental; repulsive; offensive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unwholesomeadjective

    The discovery of the disposition of the air, is good for the prognosticks of wholesome and unwholesome years. Francis Bacon.

    There I a prisoner chain’d, scarce freely draw
    The air imprison’d also, close and damp,
    Unwholesome draught; but here I find amends,
    The breath of heav’n fresh-blowing, pure and sweet,
    With day-spring born; here leave me to respire. John Milton.

    How can any one be assured, that his meat and drink are not poisoned, and made unwholesome before they are brought to him? South.

    Rome is never fuller of nobility than in summer; for the country towns are so infested with unwholesome vapours, that they dare not trust themselves in them, while the heats last. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Children born healthy, often contract diseases from an unwholesome nurse. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    We’ll use this unwholesome humidity; this gross, watry pumpion: we’ll teach him to know turtles from jays. William Shakespeare.


  1. unwholesome

    Unwholesome is an adjective that refers to something detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being. It can describe something that is harmful, unhealthy, corrupt, or morally bad. Additionally, in a dietary context, it could mean lacking nutritional value.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unwholesome

    un-hōl′sum, adj. not wholesome: unfavourable to health: repulsive.—adv. Unwhole′somely.—n. Unwhole′someness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unwholesome in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unwholesome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of unwholesome in a Sentence

  1. Charles Lamb:

    Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.

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