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Adjective
Suffering from an illness or disease or feeling unwell
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“Infectious complications in critically ill patients can cause increased morbidity and mortality.”
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Having an urge to vomit
“I'm starting to feel ill from the stale meat I just consumed.”
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Bad or harmful in nature
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“For most otherwise healthy people, the virus, while debilitating in the short term, leaves no lasting ill effects.”
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Not favorable or auspicious
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“The people on the upper banks had a report, that the river was bloody, which they considered as an ill omen to the public concerns.”
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Poor in quality or judgment
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“For a writer's endeavor is to please his readers, and he fails merely through the misfortune of an ill judgment.”
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Bad, harmful, or hostile
“Yet, you should not harbor ill feelings against your mother.”
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(slang, somewhat rare) Very good, in a sublime way
“That performance was truly ill and completely worth waiting for.”
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Rude or discourteous in manner
“It scarcely ever happens that they are guilty of ill manners without reason.”
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(colloquial) Frail, sickly or of a delicate constitution
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Evil or morally wrong
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Having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something
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Noun
A physical (or sometimes figurative) ailment or disease
“Haven't you brought a remedy that can cure me of this ill?”
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A problem or difficulty
“The counterculture of the 1970s often gets blamed for every current social ill.”
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Any type of harm, injury, hurt or damage
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“Such kindhearted people wish ill on nobody, but wish everybody well.”
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That which is considered immoral
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“Schools are not arenas for social remediation, such that every ill of society may be solved through an innovative school-based intervention.”
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The rabble, the masses
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A veterinary anesthetic, used illegally in humans as a hallucinogen
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A cause of harm or damage
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Physical harm that impairs the value, usefulness, or normal function of something
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Evils that are hidden
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In a bad, wrong, or imperfect manner
“People were competing with each other for the imaginary prize for being the most ill-mannered human being in that room.”
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In an unfavorable or inauspicious manner
“The change in policy bodes ill for the reformative functions of our penal services.”
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Only with difficulty
“The poor community could ill afford luxuries like store-bought blankets and bed coverings.”
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Not to a sufficient or adequate degree
“Awareness that medical students were often ill-prepared for dealing with terminally ill patients led to the systematic introduction of palliative care”
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In no way
“You can ill afford to miss another day of school.”
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In a harsh or oppressive manner
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“There is no way of knowing now how many of the migrants of the late nineteenth century were ill-treated.”
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In a fraudulent, illegal or underhanded manner
“Money laundering can sometimes be thought of as the conversion of ill-gotten money into proper assets.”
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