unwholesome

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From Middle English unholsom. Equivalent to un- +‎ wholesome.

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unwholesome (comparative more unwholesome, superlative most unwholesome)

  1. Not wholesome; unfavorable to health; unhealthful.
    unwholesome air, or food
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii[1]:
      Caliban: As wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'd / With raven's feather from unwholesome fen / Drop on you both! A south-west blow on ye / And blister you all o'er!
  2. Not sound; tainted; defective.
  3. Indicating unsound health; characteristic of or suggesting an unsound condition, physical or mental; repulsive; offensive.

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