1. [syn: notoriety, ill fame]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ill \Ill\ ([i^]l), a. [The regular comparative and superlative
are wanting, their places being supplied by worseand worst,
from another root.] [OE. ill, ille, Icel. illr; akin to Sw.
illa, adv., Dan. ilde, adv.]
1. Contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed
to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate;
Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat,
but ill ways, ill markets, and ill neighbors.
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
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. "I am very ill
at ease." --Shak.
Ill blood, enmity; resentment; bad blood.
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.
(a) An unkind act.
(b) A slight attack of illness. [Colloq. U.S.] -- Ill
will, unkindness; enmity; malevolence.
Syn: Bad; evil; wrong; wicked; sick; unwell.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the state of being known for some unfavorable act or
quality [syn: notoriety, ill fame]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ILL FAME. This is a technical expression, that which means not only bad
character as generally understood, but every person, whatever may be his
conduct and character in life, who visits bawdy houses, gaming houses, and
other places which are of ill fame, is a person of ill fame. 1 Rogers'
Recorder, 67; Ayl. Par. 276; 2 Hill, 558; 17 Pick. 80; 1 Hagg. Eccl. R. 720;
2 Hagg. Cons. R. 24; 1 Hagg. Cons. R. 302, 303; 1 Hagg. Eccl. R. 767; 2
Greenl. Ev. Sec. 44.