What does illness mean?

Definitions for illness
ˈɪl nɪsill·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illness, unwellness, malady, sicknessnoun

    impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism


  1. illnessnoun

    An instance of a disease or poor health.

  2. illnessnoun

    A state of bad health or disease.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Illnessnoun

    Etymology: from ill.

    He that has his chains knocked off, and the prison-doors set open, is perfectly at liberty, though his preference be determined to stay, by the illness of the weather. John Locke.

    On the Lord's day, which immediately preceded this illness, he had received the sacrament. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Since the account her majesty received of the insolent behaviour of the faction, during her late illness at Windsor, she hath been willing to see them deprived of all power to do mischief. Jonathan Swift.

    Thou would be great;
    Art not without ambition; but without
    The illness should attend it. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illnessnoun

    the condition of being ill, evil, or bad; badness; unfavorableness

  2. Illnessnoun

    disease; indisposition; malady; disorder of health; sickness; as, a short or a severe illness

  3. Illnessnoun

    wrong moral conduct; wickedness

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illness' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3084

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illness' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3348

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illness' in Nouns Frequency: #1161

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of illness in a Sentence

  1. The CDC:

    If you are at increased risk for severe illness and considering cruise travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, discuss this type of travel with your healthcare professional, older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill if they get Covid-19. People with weakened immune systems, including people who take medicines that suppress their immune systems, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

  2. Stephen Ross:

    This approach has the potential to produce a paradigm shift in the psychological and existential care of patients with cancer, especially those with terminal illness.

  3. Karen Landers:

    The overarching message is that we must have a specific awareness for our own health and our own safety, let's say you sustain a wound in the water. You need to watch for signs and symptoms of illness.

  4. Joseph Simonetti:

    We need better studies on how to promote safe firearms storage especially in households with children and children with mental illness.

  5. Jasmin Wertz:

    We tend to think of young people as vital, fit and healthy. We also tend to think that chronic medical conditions only affect older people. Sadly, for people who experience mental illness, the reality can look quite different.

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    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    • A. aligned
    • B. profound
    • C. brilliant
    • D. nasty

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