Ill

Definition of Ill

Pronunciation: ĭl
a.1.Contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate; disagreeable; unfavorable.
Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat, but ill ways, ill markets, and ill neighbors.
- Bacon.
There 's some ill planet reigns.
- Shak.
2.Contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong; iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper.
Of his own body he was ill, and gave
The clergy ill example.
- Shak.
3.Sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered; as, ill of a fever.
I am in health, I breathe, and see thee ill.
- Shak.
4.Not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect; rude; unpolished; inelegant.
That 's an ill phrase.
- Shak.
Ill at ease
uneasy; uncomfortable; anxious.
Ill blood
enmity; resentment; bad blood.
- Shak.
Ill breeding
lack of good breeding; rudeness.
Ill fame
ill or bad repute; as, a house of ill fame, a house where lewd persons meet for illicit intercourse.
Ill humor
a disagreeable mood; bad temper.
Ill nature
bad disposition or temperament; sullenness; esp., a disposition to cause unhappiness to others.
Ill temper
anger; moroseness; crossness.
Ill turn
a - An unkind act.
b - A slight attack of illness
Ill will
unkindness; enmity; malevolence.
n.1.Whatever annoys or impairs happiness, or prevents success; evil of any kind; misfortune; calamity; disease; pain; as, the ills of humanity.
Who can all sense of others' ills escape
Is but a brute at best in human shape.
- Tate.
That makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of.
- Shak.
2.Whatever is contrary to good, in a moral sense; wickedness; depravity; iniquity; wrong; evil.
Strong virtue, like strong nature, struggles still,
Exerts itself, and then throws off the ill.
- Dryden.
adv.1.In a ill manner; badly; weakly.
How ill this taper burns!
- Shak.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.
- Goldsmith.

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