I. adjective (worse; worst) Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse illr Date: 12th century 1. a. chiefly Scottish immoral, vicious b. resulting from, accompanied by, or indicative of an evil or malevolent intention <
ill deeds
c. attributing evil or an objectionable quality <
held an ill opinion of his neighbors
2. a. causing suffering or distress <
ill weather
b. (comparative also iller) (1) not normal or sound <
ill health
(2) not in good health; also nauseated 3. a. not suited to circumstances or not to one's advantage ; unlucky <
an ill omen
b. involving difficulty ; hard 4. a. not meeting an accepted standard <
ill manners
b. archaic notably unskillful or inefficient 5. unfriendly, hostile <
ill feeling
II. adverb (worse; worst) Date: 13th century 1. a. with displeasure or hostility b. in a harsh manner c. so as to reflect unfavorably <
spoke ill of the neighbors
2. in a reprehensible manner 3. hardly, scarcely <
can ill afford such extravagances
4. a. in an unfortunate manner ; badly, unluckily <
ill fares the land…where wealth accumulates, and men decay — Oliver Goldsmith
b. in a faulty, inefficient, insufficient, or unpleasant manner — often used in combination <
the methods used may be ill-adapted to the aims in view — R. M. Hutchins
III. noun Date: 13th century 1. the reverse of good ; evil 2. a. misfortune, distress b. (1) ailment, sickness (2) something that disturbs or afflicts ; trouble <
economic and social ills
3. something that reflects unfavorably <
spoke no ill of him
IV. abbreviation illustrated; illustration; illustrator

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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