Illness Ill"ness, n. [From {Ill}.] 1. The condition of being ill, evil, or bad; badness; unfavorableness. [Obs.] ``The illness of the weather.'' --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. Disease; indisposition; malady; disorder of health; sickness; as, a short or a severe illness. [1913 Webster]

3. Wrong moral conduct; wickedness. --Shak.

Syn: Malady; disease; indisposition; ailment.

Usage: {Illness}, {Sickness}. Within the present century, there has been a tendency in England to use illness in the sense of a continuous disease, disorder of health, or sickness, and to confine sickness more especially to a sense of nausea, or ``sickness of the stomach.'' [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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