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Definition of 'sick'


  1. people who are sick; "they devote their lives to caring for the sick"


  1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
       Synonyms: vomit vomit up purge cast cat be sick disgorge regorge retch puke barf spew spue chuck upchuck honk regurgitate throw up
       Antonyms: keep down


  1. affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
       Synonyms: ill
       Antonyms: well
  2. feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
       Synonyms: nauseated nauseous queasy sickish
  3. affected with madness or insanity; "a man who had gone mad"
       Synonyms: brainsick crazy demented distracted disturbed mad unbalanced unhinged
  4. having a strong distaste from surfeit; "grew more and more disgusted"; "fed up with their complaints"; "sick of it all"; "sick to death of flattery"; "gossip that makes one sick"; "tired of the noise and smoke"
       Synonyms: disgusted fed up sick of tired of
  5. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble; "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn"
       Synonyms: pale pallid wan
  6. deeply affected by a strong feeling; "sat completely still, sick with envy"; "she was sick with longing"
  7. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds"; "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived by madmen"
       Synonyms: ghastly grim grisly gruesome macabre

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