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[ UK /ʌnhˈə‍ʊlsʌm/ ]
  1. detrimental to physical or moral well-being
    unwholesome habits like smoking
    unwholesome food
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How To Use unwholesome In A Sentence

  • 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. The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus
  • There's something unwholesomely endearing here, and her portrayal is rather like the sound of nails on a chalkboard come to life.
  • The crusade against 'hyphenates' will only inflame the partial patriotism of trans-nationals, and cause them to assert their European traditions in strident and unwholesome ways. Trans-national America
  • My desire to be rich was an insane, unwholesome, oppressive desire.
  • The same author comments that quail were not eaten much in classical times, apparently because they were thought to be unwholesome because of eating poisonous plants such as hellebore.
  • The strongest physical characteristics may be ruined if the surroundings are unwholesome and unsanitary.
  • For one thing, just as the protagonists are fetishistically attached to cinematic images, Isabelle and Theo are no less unwholesomely attached to one another, and this very attachment is yet another attachment to an image.
  • He couldn't even hear faint sounds from the next apartment without his imagination putting together some unwholesome scene of matching action.
  • Now, in 2004, WC has associated itself with a movie that includes such "unwholesome" activities as; pot smoking, sex, and sexual perversion …Such dissonance is not lost on the company. August 2004
  • Zola borrowed more, but mainly the unwholesome parts, truncating these further to suit his theory of the novel as a slice of life seen through a temperament, and travestying in the Rougon-Macquart scheme, with its burden of heredity and physiological blemish, Balzac's cumbrous and plausible doctrine of the _Comedy_. Balzac
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