Wholesome
Wholesome Whole"some, a. [Compar. {Wholesomer}; superl. {Wholesomest}.] [Whole + some; cf. Icel. heilsamr, G. heilsam, D. heilzaam.] [1913 Webster] 1. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary. [1913 Webster]

Wholesome thirst and appetite. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food. --A Smith. [1913 Webster]

2. Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws. [1913 Webster]

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. --Prov. xv. 4. [1913 Webster]

I can not . . . make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. Sound; healthy. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] -- {Whole"some*ly}, adv. -- {Whole"some*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • wholesome — [hōl′ səm] adj. [ME holsom, akin to ON heilsamr, Ger heilsam: see WHOLE & SOME1] 1. promoting or conducive to good health or well being; healthful [a wholesome climate] 2. tending to improve the mind or character [a wholesome film for children] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • wholesome — index clean, remedial, salubrious, salutary, unaffected (sincere) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wholesome — (adj.) c.1200, of benefit to the soul, from WHOLE (Cf. whole) (in the healthy sense) + SOME (Cf. some). Physical sense first attested late 14c. Related: Wholesomely; wholesomeness …   Etymology dictionary

  • wholesome — 1 *healthful, healthy, salubrious, salutary, hygienic, sanitary Antonyms: noxious Contrasted words: deleterious, detrimental, *pernicious 2 sound, *healthy, robust, hale, well Analogous words: *strong, s …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wholesome — [adj] healthy, decent all there, beneficial, clean, edifying, ethical, exemplary, fit, good, hale, healthful, health giving, helpful, honorable, hygienic, in fine feather*, innocent, in the pink*, invigorating, moral, nice, normal, nourishing,… …   New thesaurus

  • wholesome — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conducive to or promoting good health and physical or moral well being. DERIVATIVES wholesomely adverb wholesomeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • wholesome — [[t]ho͟ʊlsəm[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe something as wholesome, you approve of it because you think it is likely to have a positive influence on people s behaviour or mental state, especially because it does not involve… …   English dictionary

  • wholesome — wholesomely, adv. wholesomeness, n. /hohl seuhm/, adj. 1. conducive to moral or general well being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment. 2. conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome …   Universalium

  • wholesome — whole|some [ˈhəulsəm US ˈhoul ] adj [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: whole healthy, whole + some] 1.) likely to make you healthy wholesome food/fare/meal etc ▪ well balanced wholesome meals 2.) considered to have a good moral effect ▪ The food is fresh …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wholesome — whole|some [ houlsəm ] adjective 1. ) wholesome food is food that is good for you: wholesome home cooked meals 2. ) considered to have a good influence on people, for example because it does not involve sex or drugs: wholesome family… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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