from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or characteristic of weakness, incapacity, or physical distress due to poor health, especially of a chronic nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sickly.

from The 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.


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  • 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.

    Lady Rose's Daughter

  • "sickliness" which had since made her notable even in a community rich in pathological instances.

    Ethan Frome

  • 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.

    Stranger In a Strange Land

  • 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.

    Mary Barton

  • Fingers crossed the sickliness gets itself gone forthwith.

    Courted: a dirge (funded!)

  • He had a philosophy that his mother, what of her chronic sickliness, was not much of an eater anyway.

    THE APOSTATE: written by Jack London

  • 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.

    Ellie Goulding's summer of love

  • And to add insult to injury, when he complains about it he succeeds only in calling attention to his own chronic sickliness.

    Japan's Basel Blowback

  • To be chosen from the line, the villagers seemed to have to prove their sickliness.

    Lipstick in Afghanistan

  • If anything, I wouldn't mind representing something for people, representing sickliness, fucked-up-ness. . .

    Friday Music: Bradford Cox, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound


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