Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being sickly, in any sense; tendency to be sick or to cause sickness; sickly appearance or demeanor.
- n. The state or characteristic of weakness, incapacity, or physical distress due to poor health, especially of a chronic nature.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being sickly.
“As she approached Julie she raised her eyes absently, and Julie saw a face of singular and delicate beauty, marred, however, by the suggestion of physical fragility, even sickliness, which is carried with it.”
“sickliness" which had since made her notable even in a community rich in pathological instances.”
“To be fair, amid all the grumbling he finds plenty to admire, not least the lovely medieval jumble of Old Town in Estonia's capital, Tallinn; the music of Arvo Pärt; the Grimm flair of Estonian names Tarmo, Gerli, Epp; and, with characteristic contrariness, Vana Tallinn, a revolting liqueur of unidentifiable sickliness and bogus antiquity.”
“Days of oppressive weariness and languor, whose realities have the feeble sickliness of dreams; nights, whose dreams are fierce realities of agony; sinking health, tottering frames, incipient madness, and worse, the consciousness of incipient madness; this is the price of their whistle.”
“Fingers crossed the sickliness gets itself gone forthwith.”
“He had a philosophy that his mother, what of her chronic sickliness, was not much of an eater anyway.”
“Her voice is ghostly sweet, saved from sickliness by guttural Björk-ish quirks; backed up by electropop whimsy and twinkly piano, it is supremely suited to the sentiment.”
“And to add insult to injury, when he complains about it he succeeds only in calling attention to his own chronic sickliness.”
“To be chosen from the line, the villagers seemed to have to prove their sickliness.”
“If anything, I wouldn't mind representing something for people, representing sickliness, fucked-up-ness. . .”
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