Definition of ill in English:
- Leaders of our medical organisations should not allow informed consent to interfere with clinical management of infectious disease or seriously ill patients.
- Two other patients are critically ill after contracting the disease through infected organs from the donor.
- Siti said that volunteers should also understand that terminally ill patients usually suffer from psychological strain due to their illness.
- However, the average life of an Indian was 62 as the ill effects of cancer were visible only at a later stage in life.
- I have always known the ill effects of smoking but did not know how harmful it could be.
- By far the most serious ill effect of the sun is skin cancer.
- As explained elsewhere, the trip to Brisbane, or more precisely the trip back, was a journey of ill omen for young Les as it threw him into the close company of Tim O'Sullivan.
- To cap Flanagan's misfortune, he punctured with 15 miles to go and there was an immediate charge from the front of his bunch, capitalising on his ill luck.
- During that journey, we once again encounter an ill omen in nature: in this instance, a turtle trapped on its back beneath a big rock.
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- The Bosnian government was ill prepared to defend the country with no army and only a poorly equipped territorial defense force.
- I must be that inexplicably angry, obtuse, ill mannered, audacious, pompous blow-hard that writes insulting letters to The Peak!
- The big worry is that the cash-strapped Irish health service is ill equipped to deal with an epidemic of any form, least of all a potentially fatal virus like SARS.
- This loss of time could be ill afforded at a time when the technical preparations for Mike were at a critical stage.
- He stressed that some of the goods produced locally lacked quality and were produced at a comparatively higher cost making such goods ill equipped to compete on the regional market.
- Culpeper's deepest desire was to make herbal medicine available to everyone, especially the poor who could ill afford to visit a physician.
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- During the bloody war in Bosnia, various drug companies donated tons of their medicines to treat the war's wounded and the ill.
- Apparently, the system is working pretty well, as even the ill can see that they are getting a good deal.
- Countries all over the world are grappling with how to end the lives of the ill.
- As tempting as it is to demonise computer games for society's ills, the evidence does not suggest such a simple link.
- Of all the social ills and problems plaguing Bihar, sati was never on the list.
- Both of them believe that society's ills can be fixed by putting the right man at the top to make laws and crack down on the wrong people.
- I want to state that I do not wish ill upon any person, and this is in fact another part of the problem.
- I don't want to speak for anyone else, but people here generally are Democrats and wish political ill on the Republicans.
- I wish her no ill at this stage in the competition.
Middle English (in the senses 'wicked', 'malevolent', 'harmful', and 'difficult'): from Old Norse illr 'evil, difficult', of unknown origin.
Ill is from Old Norse illr ‘evil’, and the commonest modern sense, ‘suffering from an illness or feeling unwell’, developed in the later medieval period. Before then a person would be sick, as they still are in the USA. The idea of harm and evil is prominent in many English proverbs, such as it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. This refers to the days of sailing ships. The wind might be blowing in the wrong direction for you, but it was sure to be blowing the right way for someone, somewhere—it would be a very bad or ‘ill’ wind that was of no help to anyone.
ill at ease
- Uncomfortable or embarrassed.Example sentences
- Why did he seem so ill at ease, so uncomfortable with the role he had to play?
- She had become very uncomfortable and ill at ease when visiting her parents and suffered chronic tension.
- It made him uncomfortable and ill at ease, and he felt she was trying to keep him there in the pilothouse.
speak (or think) ill of
- Say (or think) something critical about.Example sentences
- He was a handsome man, too handsome to be thought ill of by anyone, his aloof attitude did only add attractions to his charm.
- Brown is unusual in contemporary poetry for her willingness to be thought ill of.
- Unless one thinks ill of the woman he married, one can hardly regard this as ‘earned.’
Words that rhyme with illbill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will
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