- hostile feeling; malevolence; enmity: to harbor ill will against someone.
Origin of ill will
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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hatred, hostility, animosity, antipathy, unfriendliness.
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Examples from the Web for ill will
Surprised and embarrassed, Ormond answered, "I trust I have not his ill-will, sir."Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
You are solicitous of the good-will of the meanest person, uneasy at his ill-will.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Was it, do you suppose, because they detected some ill-will in me towards you that they made the allegation?Anabasis
You never let us off easily, but I assure you for all that we bear you no ill-will.
As for the Countess—I fear that I have incurred her ill-will.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
- hostile feeling; enmity; antagonism
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