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He was strangely reticent; my news seemed to benumb and sicken him.

His brutality had made the delicacy in her crouch and sicken.

It was less invective than scornful, and scorn that seemed to sicken her as she spoke it.

That trace of effluvia which in force could sicken a Terran, was his guide.

I saw enough of these, even in the best, to sicken me with mankind.

They sicken, and grow feeble with age, and finally die, as we do.

There were poisons so subtle that to know their properties one had to sicken of them.

All this gilded elegance of the court, all these intrigues, sicken me.

Shut up under the stifling roof of a khan, you will sicken and die.

You sicken me with a doubt about the wife I loved—Who are you?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

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