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falling sickness

Origin of falling sickness
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You don't mean to say you've got the falling sickness," said Captain Johns.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • It is what I bid you to tell him—that it was the falling sickness.

  • Any doctor at all should be able, and well able, to cure the falling sickness.

  • These rings were supposed to cure cramp and the "falling sickness."

  • The falling sickness afflicts him, and he in turn afflicts us.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • The East Africans believe that falling sickness is due to spirits.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • Perchance the child is threatened with the falling sickness.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • Wear it as such, and may it protect you not only from the falling sickness but from other ills also.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • The names of the "Three Kings of Collein" were considered to be a charm against epilepsy or the "falling sickness."

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • We often see a woman or man afflicted with fits or falling sickness which the doctor has failed to cure.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
British Dictionary definitions for falling sickness

falling sickness

a former name (nontechnical) for epilepsy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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