wholesome

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From earlier holesome, from Middle English holsom, holsum, helsum, halsum, from Old English *hālsum, *hǣlsum, from Proto-Germanic *hailasamaz, equivalent to whole +‎ -some. Cognate with Dutch heilzaam, Icelandic heilsamur, Norwegian Nynorsk helsesam, Swedish hälsosam (wholesome).

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wholesome (comparative wholesomer, superlative wholesomest)

  1. Promoting good physical health and well-being.
  2. Promoting moral and mental well-being.
    • 1750, Thomas Morell (lyrics), George Frideric Handel (music), “'Theodora'”‎[1]:
      Though hard, my friends, yet wholesome are the truths, taught in affliction's school, whence the pure soul rises refined, and soars above the world.
  3. Marked by wholeness; sound and healthy.
  4. Promoting virtue or being virtuous.

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