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NOUN (1)

1. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining;
[syn: ailment, complaint, ill]


ADJECTIVE (5)

1. affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function;
- Example: "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
[syn: ill, sick]

2. resulting in suffering or adversity;
- Example: "ill effects"
- Example: "it's an ill wind that blows no good"

3. distressing;
- Example: "ill manners"
- Example: "of ill repute"

4. indicating hostility or enmity;
- Example: "you certainly did me an ill turn"
- Example: "ill feelings"
- Example: "ill will"

5. presaging ill fortune;
- Example: "ill omens"
- Example: "ill predictions"
- Example: "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley
- Example: "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"
- Example: "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"
[syn: ill, inauspicious, ominous]


ADVERB (3)

1. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well;
- Example: "he was ill prepared"
- Example: "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"
- Example: "the car runs badly"
- Example: "he performed badly on the exam"
- Example: "the team played poorly"
- Example: "ill-fitting clothes"
- Example: "an ill-conceived plan"
[syn: ill, badly, poorly]

2. unfavorably or with disapproval;
- Example: "tried not to speak ill of the dead"
- Example: "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
[syn: ill, badly]

3. with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly;
- Example: "we can ill afford to buy a new car just now"


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; disagreeable; unfavorable. [1913 Webster] Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat, but ill ways, ill markets, and ill neighbors. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] There 's some ill planet reigns. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong; iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper. [1913 Webster] Of his own body he was ill, and gave The clergy ill example. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered; as, ill of a fever. [1913 Webster] I am in health, I breathe, and see thee ill. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect; rude; unpolished; inelegant. [1913 Webster] That 's an ill phrase. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. Ill turn. (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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ill \Ill\, n. 1. Whatever annoys or impairs happiness, or prevents success; evil of any kind; misfortune; calamity; disease; pain; as, the ills of humanity. [1913 Webster] Who can all sense of others' ills escape Is but a brute at best in human shape. --Tate. [1913 Webster] That makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Whatever is contrary to good, in a moral sense; wickedness; depravity; iniquity; wrong; evil. [1913 Webster] Strong virtue, like strong nature, struggles still, Exerts itself, and then throws off the ill. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ill \Ill\, adv. In a ill manner; badly; weakly. [1913 Webster] How ill this taper burns! --Shak. [1913 Webster] Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates and men decay. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] Note: Ill, like above, well, and so, is used before many participal adjectives, in its usual adverbal sense. When the two words are used as an epithet preceding the noun qualified they are commonly hyphened; in other cases they are written separatively; as, an ill-educated man; he was ill educated; an ill-formed plan; the plan, however ill formed, was acceptable. Ao, also, the following: ill-affected or ill affected, ill-arranged or ill arranged, ill-assorted or ill assorted, ill-boding or ill boding, ill-bred or ill bred, ill-conditioned, ill-conducted, ill-considered, ill-devised, ill-disposed, ill-doing, ill-fairing, ill-fated, ill-favored, ill-featured, ill-formed, ill-gotten, ill-imagined, ill-judged, ill-looking, ill-mannered, ill-matched, ill-meaning, ill-minded, ill-natured, ill-omened, ill-proportioned, ill-provided, ill-required, ill-sorted, ill-starred, ill-tempered, ill-timed, ill-trained, ill-used, and the like. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ill adv 1: (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; "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" [syn: ill, badly, poorly] [ant: good, well] 2: unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern" [syn: ill, badly] [ant: well] 3: with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly; "we can ill afford to buy a new car just now" adj 1: affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering" [syn: ill, sick] [ant: well] 2: resulting in suffering or adversity; "ill effects"; "it's an ill wind that blows no good" 3: distressing; "ill manners"; "of ill repute" 4: indicating hostility or enmity; "you certainly did me an ill turn"; "ill feelings"; "ill will" 5: presaging ill fortune; "ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by- election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government" [syn: ill, inauspicious, ominous] n 1: an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining [syn: ailment, complaint, ill]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

167 Moby Thesaurus words for "ill": abomination, affection, ailing, ailment, amiss, apocalyptic, atrocity, bad, badly, baleful, bane, baneful, befoulment, below par, black, blight, bodeful, boding, complaint, condition, corruption, criminal, critically ill, crying evil, damage, damaging, dark, defilement, deleterious, despoliation, destruction, detriment, detrimental, dire, disadvantageously, disagreeable, disagreeably, discourteous, disease, disorder, disrespectful, doomful, down, dreary, evil, evil-starred, evilly, faint, faintish, fateful, feeling awful, feeling faint, feeling something terrible, foreboding, gloomy, grievance, harm, havoc, hurt, hurtful, ill-boding, ill-bred, ill-fated, ill-mannered, ill-omened, ill-starred, impertinent, impolite, improper, in danger, inaccurate, inauspicious, incline, inconveniently, indisposed, inexpedient, infection, inferior, infirmity, inhospitable, inhospitably, inimical, injurious, injury, invalid, laid low, lowering, malady, malevolent, menacing, mischief, mortally ill, not quite right, of evil portent, off-color, ominous, out of sorts, outrage, peccant, poison, pollution, portending, portentous, rocky, rude, seedy, sick, sick unto death, sickish, sickness, sinful, sinister, somber, syndrome, taken ill, the worst, threatening, toxin, unadvantageously, unaffectionate, unaffectionately, unamiable, unamiably, unbenign, unbenignant, unbenignantly, unbenignly, uncompassionate, uncompassionately, uncompassioned, uncordial, uncordially, under the weather, unfavorable, unfortunate, unfriendly, ungenial, ungenially, ungracious, ungraciously, unhandily, unhealthy, unkind, unkindly, unloving, unlovingly, unlucky, unpleasant, unprofitably, unpromising, unpropitious, unrewardingly, unskillful, unsympathetic, unsympathetically, unsympathizing, untoward, unwell, uselessly, venom, vexation, vicious, wicked, with difficulty, woe, wrong, wrongly