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Definition 1: an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for ill in the sense of this definition

(ill is a kind of ...) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

"the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder" "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

(... is a kind of ill ) a minor nonspecific ailment

(... is a kind of ill ) the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle

Definition 2: affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ill from the monotony of his suffering

Synonyms for ill in the sense of this definition

(ill is similar to ...) mildly physically distressed

"an upset stomach"

(ill is similar to ...) suffering from gout

(ill is similar to ...) looking pale and unhealthy

"you're looking green" "green around the gills"

(ill is similar to ...) put out of action (by illness)

(ill is similar to ...) ill and usually confined

"laid up with a bad cold"

(ill is similar to ...) affected with or related to milk sickness

(ill is similar to ...) feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit

(ill is similar to ...) affected with palsy or uncontrollable tremor

"palsied hands"

(ill is similar to ...) affected with paralysis

(ill is similar to ...) suffering complete paralysis of the lower half of the body usually resulting from damage to the spinal cord

(ill is similar to ...) affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets

"rickety limbs and joints" "a rachitic patient"

(ill is similar to ...) afflicted with scrofula

(ill is similar to ...) inclined to sneeze

(ill is similar to ...) suffering from spastic paralysis

"a spastic child"

(ill is similar to ...) constituting or afflicted with or caused by tuberculosis or the tubercle bacillus

"a tubercular child" "tuberculous patients" "tubercular meningitis"

(ill is similar to ...) not healed

"an unhealed wound"

(ill is similar to ...) experiencing odd bodily sensations

"told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest"

(ill is similar to ...) having or affected by a fever

(ill is similar to ...) weak and likely to lose consciousness

"suddenly felt faint from the pain" "was sick and faint from hunger" "felt light in the head" "a swooning fit" "light-headed with wine" "light-headed from lack of sleep"

(ill is similar to ...) grievously affected especially by disease

(ill is similar to ...) affected by ague

(ill is similar to ...) somewhat ill or prone to illness

"my poor ailing grandmother" "feeling a bit indisposed today" "you look a little peaked" "feeling poorly" "a sickly child" "is unwell and can't come to work"

(ill is similar to ...) experiencing motion sickness

(ill is similar to ...) characteristic of or affected with autism

"autistic behavior" "autistic children"

(ill is similar to ...) confined to bed (by illness)

(ill is similar to ...) suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress

(ill is similar to ...) suffering from or prone to bronchitis

(ill is similar to ...) afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis

"a consumptive patient" "a consumptive cough"

(ill is similar to ...) returning to health after illness or debility

"convalescent children are difficult to keep in bed"

(ill is similar to ...) experiencing delirium

(ill is similar to ...) suffering from diabetes

(ill is similar to ...) having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling

"had a dizzy spell" "a dizzy pinnacle" "had a headache and felt giddy" "a giddy precipice" "feeling woozy from the blow on his head" "a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff"

(ill is similar to ...) suffering from dyspepsia

(means also ...) not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

"unhealthy ulcers"

(means also ...) not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition

"fat and very unfit" "certified as unfit for army service" "drunk and unfit for service"

Definition 3: (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was ill prepared
  • it ill befits a man to betray old friends
  • the car runs badly
  • he performed badly on the exam
  • the team played poorly
  • ill-fitting clothes
  • an ill-conceived plan

Synonyms for ill in the sense of this definition

(ill is used in the usage domain ...) a bound form used only in compounds

"`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"

Definition 4: with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we can ill afford to buy a new car just now

Definition 5: unfavorably or with disapproval - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tried not to speak ill of the dead
  • thought badly of him for his lack of concern

Synonyms for ill in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: distressing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ill manners
  • of ill repute

(ill is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 7: resulting in suffering or adversity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ill effects
  • it's an ill wind that blows no good

(ill is similar to ...) causing or capable of causing harm

"too much sun is harmful to the skin" "harmful effects of smoking"

Definition 8: indicating hostility or enmity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you certainly did me an ill turn
  • ill feelings
  • ill will

(ill is similar to ...) characterized by enmity or ill will

"a hostile nation" "a hostile remark" "hostile actions"

Definition 9: presaging ill fortune - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ill omens
  • ill predictions
  • my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven
  • a dead and ominous silence prevailed
  • a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government

Synonyms for ill in the sense of this definition

(ill is similar to ...) not propitious

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