Meaning of Idiom ‘Ad Nauseam’
Ad nauseam means continuing for an excessive period of time until people are tired of it; to ridiculous excess or a sickening degree. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.
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Ad nauseam is most often used about a particular subject that is being discussed.
Examples Of Use
“He’s talked about Jenny ad nauseam ever since they had a date. I wish he’d shut up about her already.”
“We hear about the need for bipartisan cooperation ad nauseam in Washington but it never seems to actually happen on a large scale.”
“This self-help guru went on and on, ad nauseam, about the power of the inner eye without once saying anything that made sense.”
Used since the early 1600s.
This idiom is a Latin term meaning to [the point of] nausea. It is one of many such Latin terms used in English, such as ad hoc or ad infinitum. 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
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