Synonyms of ill in English:



  • 1 she was feeling rather ill
    unwell, sick, not (very) well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaked, indisposed, infirm; out of sorts, not oneself, bad, off, in a bad way, far gone; bedridden, valetudinarian; queasy, nauseous, nauseated
    [Antonyms] well healthy
  • 2 the ill effects of smoking
    harmful, damaging, detrimental, deleterious, adverse, injurious, hurtful, destructive, pernicious, dangerous; unhealthy, unwholesome, poisonous, noxious
    literary malefic, maleficent
    [Antonyms] good beneficial
  • 3 ill feelings had divided them for years
    hostile, antagonistic, acrimonious, inimical, antipathetic; unfriendly, unsympathetic, unkind; resentful, spiteful, malicious, vindictive, malevolent, bitter
    [Antonyms] friendly warm
  • 4 an ill omen
    [Antonyms] auspicious
  • 5 ill manners
    [Antonyms] good polite
  • 6 the ill management of the front office
    bad, poor, incompetent, unsatisfactory, inadequate, inexpert, deficient
    [Antonyms] good competent
  • noun

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  • 1 (ills) the ills of society
    problems, troubles, evils, difficulties, misfortunes, trials, tribulations; worries, anxieties, concerns
    informal headaches, hassles
    archaic travails
  • 2 he wished them no ill
    harm, hurt, injury, damage, pain, trouble, misfortune, suffering, distress
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  • 1 such behavior ill becomes a chief executive
    poorly, badly, imperfectly
    [Antonyms] well
  • 2 the look on her face boded ill for her opponents
    [Antonyms] well auspiciously
  • 3 he can ill afford the loss of income
    barely, scarcely, hardly, only just, (only) with difficulty, just possibly
    [Antonyms] easily
  • 4 we are ill prepared for another flood
    [Antonyms] well satisfactorily
  • Phrases

    ill at ease

    Ritchie was cautioned not to appear ill at ease in the courtroomawkwarduneasyuncomfortableembarrassedself-consciousout of placeinhibitedgaucherestlessrestivefidgetydiscomfitedworriedanxiouson edgeedgynervoustensehigh-strung informaltwitchyjitterydiscombobulatedantsy

    speak ill of

    we never heard him once speak ill of his ex-wifedenigratedisparagecriticizebe critical ofspeak badly ofbe malicious aboutblacken the name ofrun downinsultabuseattackrevilemalignvilifyslur informalbadmouthdisbitch abouttalk smackslag formalderogate rareasperse

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