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Definition of "unwholesome" []

  • Injurious to physical, mental, or moral health; unhealthy. (adjective)
  • Suggestive of disease or degeneracy: an unwholesome pallor. (adjective)
  • Offensive or loathsome. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unwholesome" in a sentence
  • "She had been a soldier's wife, and had seen the world; infirmity, induced by fevers caught in unwholesome quarters, had come on her before its time, and she seldom moved from her little cot."
  • "It could be recalled that the apex bank had last year August embarked on banking reforms that swept some new and old generation banks off their feet and had their Chief Executive officers fired over what it described as unwholesome banking practices bordering on alleged illegal acquisition of loans, shares and procedures."
  • "What Greek teaching reached their minds was almost wholly that of the _ludi scenici_; and I must now say a word in conclusion about this unwholesome influence -- unwholesome, that is, so far as it affected the old religious ideas."