Difference in meaning between `sicken at’ and `sicken of’?


Sometimes, the very thought of something makes you sick; you are horrified or repulsed by it. That’s what the expression `sicken at’ means.

*The children sickened at the idea of having to clean public toilets.

When you `sicken of’ something, you get bored or tired of it. In other words, you get sick of it. It is also possible to sicken of a person.

*Many students were beginning to sicken of the strike.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – Mar 12, 2007


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