- 1Not in full health; sick: her daughter is seriously ill [with submodifier]: a terminally ill patientMore example sentences
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• informal under the weather, laid up, rotten, crummy, lousy, pukey, dizzy, woozy, green around the gills, like death warmed over
- 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.
- 2 [attributive] Poor in quality: ill judgment dogs the unsuccessful
- 2.1Harmful: she had a cup of the same wine and suffered no ill effectsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.3(Especially of fortune) not favorable: no one less deserved such ill fortune than McStayMore example sentences
- 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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- 1 [usually in combination] Badly, wrongly, or imperfectly: some of his premises seem ill-chosen it ill becomes one so beautiful to be gloomyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Unfavorably or unpropitiously: something which boded ill for unwary golfersMore example sentences
- I just watched ten minutes of speculation on whether a long deliberation bodes well or ill for the defense.
- 2Only with difficulty; hardly: she could ill afford the cost of new curtainsMore example sentences
- 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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- 1 (as plural noun the ill) People who are ill: a day center for the mentally illMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (usually ills) A problem or misfortune: a lengthy work on the ills of societyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Evil; harm: how could I wish him ill?More example sentences
- 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.
ill at ease
- Uncomfortable or embarrassed.More 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.More 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.’
Middle English (in the senses 'wicked', 'malevolent', 'harmful', and 'difficult'): from Old Norse illr 'evil, difficult', of unknown origin.
On the punctuation of ill in compound adjectives, see well1 (usage), as the same rules apply.