from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not healthy; sick: I began to feel ill last week.
- adj. Not normal; unsound: an ill condition of body and mind.
- adj. Resulting in suffering; harmful or distressing: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
- adj. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions: ill deeds committed out of spite.
- adj. Ascribing an objectionable quality: holds an ill view of that political group.
- adj. Hostile or unfriendly: ill feeling between rivals.
- adj. Harmful; pernicious: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
- adj. Not favorable; unpropitious: ill predictions.
- adj. Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct.
- adv. In a sickly or unsound manner; not well.
- adv. Scarcely or with difficulty.
- n. Evil; sin.
- n. Disaster, distress, or harm.
- n. Something that causes suffering; trouble: the social ills of urban life.
- n. Something that reflects in an unfavorable way on one: Please don't speak ill of me when I'm gone.
- idiom ill at ease Anxious or unsure; uneasy: The stranger made me feel ill at ease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.
- adv. Not well; imperfectly, badly; hardly.
- n. Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.
- n. Harm or injury.
- n. Evil; moral wrongfulness.
- n. A physical ailment; an illness.
- n. Unfavorable remarks or opinions.
- n. PCP, phencyclidine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate; disagreeable; unfavorable.
- adj. Contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong; iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper.
- adj. Sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered.
- adj. Not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect; rude; unpolished; inelegant.
- adv. In a ill manner; badly; weakly.
- n. Whatever annoys or impairs happiness, or prevents success; evil of any kind; misfortune; calamity; disease; pain.
- n. Whatever is contrary to good, in a moral sense; wickedness; depravity; iniquity; wrong; evil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inherently bad or evil; of pernicious quality or character; vicious; wicked; malevolent.
- Causing evil or harm; baneful; mischievous; pernicious; deleterious: as, it is an ill wind that blows nobody good.
- Marked or attended by evil or suffering; disastrous; wretched; miserable: as, an ill fate; an ill ending.
- Of bad import, bearing, or aspect; threatening; forbidding; harsh; inimical: as, ill news travels fast; an ill countenance.
- In a bad or disordered state morally; unbalanced; cross; crabbed; unfriendly; unpropitious; hostile: as, ill nature; ill temper; ill feeling; ill will.
- In a disordered state physically; diseased; impaired: as, to be ill of a fever; to be taken ill; ill health.
- Not proper; not legitimate or polite; rude; unpolished: as, ill manners; ill breeding.
- Unskilful; inexpert: as, I am ill at reckoning.
- n. Evil; wrong; wickedness; depravity.
- n. Misfortune; calamity; adversity; disaster; disease; pain.
- n. Anything that is discreditable or injurious.
- Badly; imperfectly; unfavorably; unfortunately.
- Not easily; with hardship, pain, or difficulty: as, he is ill able to bear the loss.
- To do evil to; harm; injure.
- To slander; defame.
- n. Abbreviations of Illinois.
- n. Abbreviations of illustrated or of illustration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
- adj. resulting in suffering or adversity
- adv. with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly
- adv. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
- adj. distressing
- n. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
- adj. presaging ill fortune
- adv. unfavorably or with disapproval
- adj. indicating hostility or enmity
IV. i.35 (385,8) [that my heart means no ill] [W: tho '] _That my heart means no ill_, is the same with _to whom my heart means no ill_; the common phrase suppresses the particle, as _I mean him_ [not _to_ him] _no harm_.
A few weeks ago she was taken ill, and in her ill*
What w ill thc}/anivver; if a defpcrate and a ftarving people, a licentious and an ill* paid foidicry tired with plundering and with deftroying each other fhould unite in requiring reaibn of them, as of the au - thors of all their evils?
The referendums Note how the pro-KMT China Post puts the term ill-gotten in quotes are aimed at popular topics -- support for entry into the UN is strong, and the stolen assets of the KMT are a major issue for Greens.
But "usual" seems a term ill-applied to Russian-Western relations in recent years, as well as one unlikely to get much use in the months and years to come.
A human embryo is not the same as a human being: what you call ill-defined terminology is clearly well-defined at the extremes we are talking about here.
The Board was especially critical of what it termed ill-advised and intemperate threats of jail imprisonment allegedly made by one Albemarle County official
After dinner that evening Paul bewailed what he called his ill luck.
Much pride had the veteran when he showed the sleek cattle, the cackling poultry-yard, and the tall stacks of hay; only he growled bitterly over what he termed the ill-timed leniency of his young patron in releasing the slaves in the chain-gang.
I can account for his conduct only by attributing it to that which we call ill-conditioned: I had to expel him from the house.
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