Nauseous vs Nauseatic what difference

what is difference between Nauseous and Nauseatic



  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɔːzɪəs/, /ˈnɔːsɪəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɔːʃəs/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈnɑːʃəs/


From Latin nauseōsus (causing nausea), corresponding synchronically to nausea +‎ -ous.


nauseous (comparative more nauseous, superlative most nauseous)

  1. Causing nausea; sickening or disgusting. [from 17th c.]
    • 1786, Hester Thrale Piozzi, Thraliana, 27 June:
      [T]he Italians grossness of Conversation is still very offensive & nauseous, tho’ long accustomed to it.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      And then what proper person can be partial / To all those nauseous epigrams of Martial?
  2. (obsolete) Inclined to nausea; sickly, squeamish. [17th c.]
  3. (sometimes proscribed) Afflicted with nausea; sick. [from 19th c.]
    • 1848, Samuel Hahnemann, The Chronic Diseases, Their Specific Nature and Their Homeopathic Treatment: Antipsoric Remedies, Volume 2:
      After he had scarcely eaten enough, he felt nauseous; but nausea ceased as soon as he stopped eating entirely, …
    • 1878, The North American Journal of Homeopathy, Volume 27:
      [] during stretching the patient felt nauseous
    • 2010, Tom Smith, The Guardian, 4 Sep 2010:
      Is it a myth that you shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? I often do and haven’t felt remotely nauseous.

Usage notes

Some state that nauseous should be used as synonymous with nauseating. AHD4 notes that that in common usage, nauseous is synonymous with nauseated.


  • nauseating – causing disgust rather than nausea


See also

  • nauseated – afflicted with nausea
  • queasy



  • IPA(key): /ˌnɔːziˈætɪk/


nauseatic (comparative more nauseatic, superlative most nauseatic)

  1. Having a feeling of nausea; nauseous


  • nauseated

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