American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Unfriendly feeling; enmity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. enmity; unfriendliness; malevolence.
- n. a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition
- n. the feeling of a hostile person
“Douglas Paskin had never done anything intentional to raise any racial ill will among the employees of his company.”
“Many years later Gue claimed that he had written out of no ill will to Brown, but "to protect [him] from the consequences of his own rashness and devotion" by alerting the authorities who, Gue hoped, would deter the raid by setting a guard on the arsenal.”
“Brother Fernández on this occasion in refuting his Japanese adversaries resulted in the ill will of the bonzes, who stirred up a rebellion against the local prince, who had become a Christian.”
“The emphatic personal pronoun ( 'attem) indicates by an implied contrast that the ill will is entirely on their side; he on his part never bore them ill will, in fact, does not now.”
“Callisthenes undoubtedly harbored much ill will toward the royal house of Macedonia for obliterating his hometown, but he obliged Alexander with obsequious propaganda until the king had him executed.”
“Poor Miss Ferris, who was well-disposed towards everybody, and a lover of peace and concord if ever there was one, dreaded the thought that she had provoked the ill will of a young woman whom she knew to be narrow-mindedly unscrupulous.”
“One curious side issue is that Himmler does not seem to have borne any ill will against Schellenberg for his part in the affair.”
“He had no ill will against the Richmond Academy -- he wished there were flourishing institutions in every county of the State -- for indeed, the diffusions of the blessings of education would be the best antidote to this gambling spirit which pervades the community.”
“The Great King Cambyses conquered Egypt in the late sixth century B.C. and initiated a century of ill will when he burned temples throughout the country and killed the sacred Apis bull at Memphis in a fit of anger.”
“He was defeated because of the ill will which the liberals had borne him since the council, at which, according to them, he had shown himself too ultramontane.”
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