1) ADJ-GRADED Unwholesome food or drink is not healthy or good for you.

The fish were unwholesome and old.

2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone's feelings or behaviour as unwholesome, you are critical of them because they are unpleasant or unnatural.

My desire to be rich was an insane, unwholesome, oppressive desire.

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