Disease

Definition of Disease

Dis`ease´
n.1.Lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet.
So all that night they passed in great disease.
- Spenser.
To shield thee from diseases of the world.
- Shak.
2.An alteration in the state of the body or of some of its organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder; - applied figuratively to the mind, to the moral character and habits, to institutions, the state, etc.
The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public counsels have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished.
- Madison.
Disease germ
See under Germ.
v. t.1.To deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress.
[imp. & p. p. Diseased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Diseasing.]
His double burden did him sore disease.
- Spenser.
2.To derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease or sickness; to disorder; - used almost exclusively in the participle diseased.
He was diseased in body and mind.
- Macaulay.

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