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  1. unfriendly, unsympathetic, or having a negative attitude, as toward another person or an idea.
  2. having an objectionable disposition.
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Origin of ill-disposed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Related formsill-dis·pos·ed·ness [il-di-spoh-zid-nis, -spohzd-] /ˈɪl dɪˈspoʊ zɪd nɪs, -ˈspoʊzd-/, noun
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Related Words for ill-disposed

hostile, harmful, adverse, unfriendly, opposed, unfavorable, destructive, injurious, vengeful, petty, spiteful, vicious, pernicious, mischievous, malignant, virulent, nasty, wicked, venomous, malevolent

Examples from the Web for ill-disposed

Historical Examples of ill-disposed

  • I thought it would have been my death, for I never was so ill-disposed in all my life.

    The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;


  • There are faults, and these of a kind this present age is ill-disposed to condone.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • They may be honest, but they may also be ill-disposed, as are many of the blacks in this region.

  • The savages were evidently not ill-disposed towards the wanderers.

    The Red Eric

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • And the northern tribes were themselves not ill-disposed to such a change.

British Dictionary definitions for ill-disposed


  1. (often foll by towards) not kindly disposed
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