nauseate (nauseates, present participle nauseating; past and past participle nauseated)

  1. (transitive) To cause nausea in.
    • 1878, Henry James, French Poets and Novelists, London: Macmillan, “Honoré de Balzac,” II, p. 122,
      […] this room, where misfortune seems to ooze, where speculation lurks in corners, and of which Madame Vauquer inhales the warm, fetid air without being nauseated.
    • 1933, Frederick Philip Grove, Fruits of the Earth, Chapter ,
      After another three-quarters of an hour we pick up eleven children, nearly all of them objectionable on the score of smell. The air we breathe over and over begins to be so foul that it nauseates me.
  2. (transitive) To disgust.
    • 1681, Henry Neville, Plato Redivivus: or, A Dialogue concerning Government, London: S.I., p. 270
      […] I have not treated you as a Wise man would have done in silence, but it is time to put an end to this tittle tattle which has nauseated you for three days together.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill, Letter the Second,
      […] can you, will you pronounce it ill meant, at least of him, when anxious for his son’s morals, with a view to form him to virtue, and inspire him with a fixed, a rational contempt for vice, he condescended to be his master of the ceremonies, and led him by the hand through the most noted bawdy-houses in town, where he took care he should be familiarized with all those scenes of debauchery, so fit to nauseate a good taste?
    • 1861, William Makepeace Thackeray, Lovel the Widower, London: Smith, Elder & Co., Chapter 4, p. 131,
      […] he is repeating his confounded jokes until they quite nauseate.
  3. (intransitive) To become squeamish; to feel nausea; to turn away with disgust.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, The Impertinent, or A Visit to the Court. A Satyr, London: John Wileord, p. 11,[;view=fulltext]
      As one of Woodward’s Patients, sick and sore,
      I puke, I nauseate,—yet he thrusts in more;
    • 1903, W. T. Ray, “Specific Treatment for Membranous Croup,” Oklahoma Medical News-Journal, January, 1904, Volume 12, No. 1, p. 16,
      I prescribed Iodized Lime, 1-2 grain every half hour. The stomach soon began to nauseate.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To reject or spit (something) out because it causes a feeling of nausea.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, London: W. Taylor, 3rd edition, p. 251,
      […] he made a Sign to me, that the Salt was not good to eat, and putting a little into his own Mouth, he seem’d to nauseate it, and would spit and sputter at it, washing his Mouth with fresh Water after it […]
    • 1753, J. Wall, A letter from J. Wall M.D. to Edward Wilmot M.D.F.R.S. and Physician to His Majesty, concerning the Use of the Peruvian Bark in the Small Pox, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 1753, p. 594,
      In Children and delicate Persons, who are apt to nauseate this Remedy, I have with Success given it mix’d up with thin Chocolate; which, if sufficiently sweetened, disguises it better than any thing I know of.
    • 1807, Washington Irving, “From Mustapha Rub-a-Dub Keli Khan” in Salmagundi, Volume 2, no. 4, 19 September, 1807, p. 286,
      […] the people appear to be in the unhappy state of a patient whose palate nauseates the medicine best calculated for the cure of his disease, and seem anxious to continue in the full enjoyment of their chattering epidemick.
  5. (obsolete, transitive, figurative) To be disgusted by (something).
    • 1692, Charles Dryden (translator), “The Seventh Satyr” in John Dryden (ed.), The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis Translated into English Verse, London: Jacob Tonson, 3rd edition, 1702, p. 137,
      Old Age, with silent pace, comes creeping on,
      Nauseates the Praise, which in her Youth she won,
      And hates the Muse by which she was undone.
    • 1796, Frances Burney, Camilla, London: T. Payne, T. Cadell & W. Davies, Volume 2, Book 3, Chapter 7, p. 151,
      What a prospect for her, then, with our present race of young men! their frivolous fickleness nauseates whatever they can reach; they have a weak shame of asserting, or even listening to what is right, and a shallow pride in professing and performing what is wrong.
    • 1798, Oliver Goldsmith, Essays and Criticisms, London: J. Johnson, Volume II, Essay 13, p. 144,
      The organs that are gratified with the taste of sickly veal bled into a palsy, crammed fowls, and dropsical brawn, pease without substance, peaches without taste, and pine-apples without flavour, will certainly nauseate the native, genuine, and salutary taste of Welch beef, Banstead mutton, and barn-door fowls, whose juices are concocted by a natural digestion, and whoe flesh is consolidated by free air and exercise.

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