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. 2000.


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