falling sickness



Nearby words

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  5. falling rhythm,
  6. falling star,
  7. falling tide,
  8. falling weather,
  9. falling-off,
  10. falling-out

Origin of falling sickness

First recorded in 1520–30

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Examples from the Web for falling sickness

  • Even the roof, not of you be it said, has the falling-sickness—it hangs by a hair.

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  • It is good against the Falling-sickness, and giddiness in the head, it cleanseth the Reins and Bladder.

  • It was a sickness, I believe, like the falling-sickness that comes to old men; and in time I grew better and dreamed no more.

  • He who kisses it is preserved for seven days from falling-sickness, apoplexy, and sudden death.'

British Dictionary definitions for falling sickness

falling sickness

falling evil


a former name (nontechnical) for epilepsy
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