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ill will

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  1. hostile feeling; malevolence; enmity: to harbor ill will against someone.
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Origin of ill will

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
Related formsill-willed [il-wild] /ˈɪlˈwɪld/, adjective


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hatred, hostility, animosity, antipathy, unfriendliness.


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Examples from the Web for ill will

Historical Examples

  • Surprised and embarrassed, Ormond answered, "I trust I have not his ill-will, sir."

    Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • 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?



  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for ill will

ill will

  1. hostile feeling; enmity; antagonism
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