Definition of unwholesome in English:

unwholesome

adjective

  • Not characterized by or conducive to health or moral well-being.

    ‘the use of the living room as sleeping quarters led to unwholesome crowding’
    • ‘Given the overall deftness of direction and performance, one expects Irma Vep to be a highlight of the season - good, unwholesome larky fun.’
    • ‘Meditation simply means cultivating a wholesome and sane habit, which becomes an antidote for the unwholesome, confused, destructive habits that we have developed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps they have - although, as Sierra Leone showed this year, the arms trade is still its secretive, unwholesome self - but if lessons have been digested can they ever answer the conundrum posed by risk-aversion?’
    • ‘They are often given irregular, inadequate and unwholesome food supplies, and often no money for fuel, and are expected to dish up something six days a week and wipe out the 50 per cent malnutrition among children.’
    • ‘Like a lot of lefties spooked by recent unwholesome political successes by the American right, I'm angry and feeling rhetorically confrontational these days, but violence is not the way to express it.’
    • ‘Their teacher-pupil relationship has the air of someone imparting unwholesome, faintly dangerous but thrillingly forbidden truths: a course in deflowerment in which the pupil must first be deflowered.’
    • ‘By this theory, we are at the Pavlovian mercy of the food industry, which spends nearly $10 billion a year advertising unwholesome junk food and fast food.’
    • ‘Out of the unwholesome cauldron of junk science, they have conjured up lawsuits over something called ‘toxic mold.’’
    • ‘If people aren't careful, there is a temptation to substitute loving relationships for something which is unwholesome.’
    • ‘Whether you like it for not, Harry Potter is here to stay, and although parents may have a few concerns that it is unwholesome to make magic and spells fashionable, at least they know where their kids are, and what they are doing.’
    • ‘What this unwholesome alliance produced at the Javits Center was an unrestrained wallow in sentimentality and anti-development attitudes.’
    • ‘‘I was drawn to the extremity in a slightly unwholesome way,’ she says.’
    • ‘The main reason for all these unwholesome events and relations have been the dispute over Kashmir problem, which has remained oscillating for this whole time between them.’
    • ‘Unlike the professional legislators in Washington, they are also more likely to hold regular jobs and feel the bite of any unwholesome laws they enact.’
    • ‘Several faculty members began to suspect there was something unwholesome about his relationship with Keith.’
    • ‘Most people have a pretty good idea of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, and yet we are all guilty of making the same unwholesome choices.’
    • ‘It may be too much to ask film makers to tell the most complete, unwholesome aspects of a story.’
    • ‘There is nothing unwholesome about excelling or about making a profit.’
    unhealthy, noxious, poisonous
    improper, immoral, indecent, corrupting, depraving, salacious, subversive, exploitative
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Pronunciation

unwholesome

/ʌnˈhəʊls(ə)m/