Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being sick; illness.
  • noun A disease; a malady.
  • noun Nausea.
  • noun A defective or unsound condition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being sick or suffering from disease; a diseased condition of the system; illness; ill health.
  • noun A disease; a malady; a particular kind of disorder.
  • noun A derangement or disturbance of the stomach, manifesting itself in nausea, retching, and vomiting: distinctively called sickness of the stomach.
  • noun A disordered, distracted, or enfeebled state of anything.
  • noun Synonyms and Ailment, etc. See illness and sick.
  • noun Disorder, distemper, complaint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; sisease or malady.
  • noun Nausea; qualmishness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; disease or malady.
  • noun Nausea; qualmishness; as, sickness of stomach.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun defectiveness or unsoundness
  • noun the state that precedes vomiting
  • noun impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English seocness.

Examples

  • He has liver disease now; but his sickness is a judgment of God, and he will die crooked.

    WHEN ALICE TOLD HER SOUL

  • I really hope that the sickness is the time travel madness because it would make alot more sense.

    The Tail Section » Episode 4.5 “The Constant” Afterthoughts

  • “Thou keenest a cure right well; the remedy of his sickness is the Queen of the Serpents, and thou knowest her abiding-place and hast been with her.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • There are grounds for the belief that the blacks even suffered from an infectious disease similar to influenza, which they described as sickness of the mouth and nose.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • He has liver disease now; but his sickness is a judgment of God, and he will die crooked.

    When Alice Told Her Soul

  • He has liver-disease now, but his sickness is a judgment of God, and he will die crooked.

    When Alice Told Her Soul

  • When asked how he would cure what he described as a "sickness", one of David Cameron's key suggestions was "a welfare state that doesn't reward idleness".

    The Guardian World News

  • Indeed, where any are conscious that their sickness is a vindictive punishment of some particular sin, and they cannot look for the removal of their sickness without particular applications to God for the pardon of such a sin, there it may be proper to acknowledge and tell his case, that those who pray over him may know how to plead rightly for him.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • I have heard there is not much sickness from the disease now.

    Ask the VEC

  • But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

    Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson: Book summary

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