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sickness

[sik-nis] /ˈsɪk nɪs/
noun
1.
a particular disease or malady.
2.
the state or an instance of being sick; illness.
3.
nausea; queasiness.
Origin of sickness
1000
before 1000; Middle English siknesse, seknesse, Old English sēocnesse. See sick1, -ness
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Examples from the Web for sickness
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  • Our sickness (sin) is revealed to us by the Ten Commandments.

  • But there was sickness in the mountains and Waba-mooin said that it also was my fault.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Their sickness was the hand of God, but Benny just ain't had enough to eat.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • I saw off men's legs, or I help them through a spell of sickness.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • For this end he is fed, clothed, and prescribed for in sickness.

British Dictionary definitions for sickness

sickness

/ˈsɪknɪs/
noun
1.
an illness or disease
2.
nausea or queasiness
3.
the state or an instance of being sick
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Word Origin and History for sickness
n.

Old English seocnes "sickness, disease; a disease;" see sick (adj.) and -ness.

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sickness in Medicine

sickness sick·ness (sĭk'nĭs)
n.

  1. The condition of being sick; illness.

  2. A disease or an illness.

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