- unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
- Obsolete. wickedness.
Origin of illness
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1. ailment, affliction, infirmity.
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Examples from the Web for illness
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
The Samaritan guidelines are written around the assumption that suicide is a purely irrational act, an act spurred by illness.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Moses lost her job, and then her home, as she grappled with pain and illness after her spinal surgery.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
But it is unfounded fear by an American public at minimal risk of contracting the illness that is confounding those efforts.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs
October 28, 2014
Complaints of illness, snatching $2,000 from dad, a quick trip to Denver airport—and the three were apparently Syria-bound.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
That was the beginning of her illness, February, eighteen eighty-three.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Illness has always been a great source of fear, and still is.The Conquest of Fear
She would presume that he must go home after such an illness: the result she would wait!
I have not dared tell them of your marriage—only of your illness.
He seemed in his illness to love everybody more than even while he was well.
- a disease or indisposition; sickness
- a state of ill health
- obsolete wickedness
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Word Origin and History for illness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Disease of body or mind; poor health; sickness.
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