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    ill - Dictionary definition and meaning for word ill

    (noun) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
    Synonyms : ailment , complaint
    (adj) affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
    Synonyms : sick
    Example Sentence
    • ill from the monotony of his suffering
    (adj) resulting in suffering or adversity
    Example Sentence
    • ill effects
    • it's an ill wind that blows no good
    (adj) distressing
    Example Sentence
    • ill manners
    • of ill repute
    (adj) indicating hostility or enmity
    Example Sentence
    • you certainly did me an ill turn
    • ill feelings
    • ill will
    (adj) presaging ill fortune
    Synonyms : inauspicious , ominous
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
    Synonyms : badly , poorly
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) unfavorably or with disapproval
    Synonyms : badly
    Example Sentence
    • tried not to speak ill of the dead
    • thought badly of him for his lack of concern
    (adv) with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly
    Example Sentence
    • we can ill afford to buy a new car just now
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