illness

[il-nis]

noun

unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
Obsolete. wickedness.

Nearby words

  1. illite,
  2. illiteracy,
  3. illiterate,
  4. illiterati,
  5. illitic,
  6. illocution,
  7. illocutionary,
  8. illogic,
  9. illogical,
  10. illogicality

Origin of illness

First recorded in 1490–1500; ill + -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for illness

illness

noun

a disease or indisposition; sickness
a state of ill health
obsolete wickedness
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Word Origin and History for illness

illness

n.

"disease, sickness," 1680s, from ill + -ness. Earlier it meant "bad moral quality" (c.1500).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for illness

illness

[ĭlnĭs]

n.

Disease of body or mind; poor health; sickness.

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