What does illness mean?

Definitions for illness
ˈɪl nɪsill·ness

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word illness.

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.


  1. illness

    Illness is a state of poor health or a condition in which a person's physical or mental condition is impaired, typically caused by disease, disorder, or injury. It is often characterized by certain symptoms and signs, such as pain, fatigue, or fever, and may prevent an individual from functioning normally or optimally.

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. Tom Skinner:

    The likelihood that this person transmitted the illness is low, but this is a very serious illness so we can’t take any chances, and need to get the close contacts in for testing, tB is a very serious illness and the XDRTB version is difficult to treat.

  2. Ryan Pack:

    Illness: I believe that sickness, illness, is God's way of making you suffer. The sicker you are, the more ill you are, the weaker you will be.

  3. Swami Krishnananda:

    The soul's illness is more terrible and more difficult to understand than the illness of the body or any other type of malady.

  4. Steven Jewell:

    Physical illness is ubiquitous and parents are accepting [ that your kid gets sick ] as just a part of raising a kid. But when it comes to mental illness, oftentimes the stigma prevents people from recognizing that, if you were to ask a parent of a newborn,' what do you think is the likelihood of your kid getting physically ill between now and their 18th birthday,' they'd laugh at you and say,' 100 %, of course.' The truth of the matter is that the same is true for mental illness in the same way you think about physical illness.

  5. Chris Murphy:

    Guns flow in this country like water, and that's why we have mass shooting after mass shooting, and, you know, spare me the bullshit about mental illness, we don't have any more mental illness than any other country in the world. You can not explain this through a prism of mental illness because... we're not an outlier on mental illness, we're an outlier when it comes to access to firearms and the ability of criminals and very sick people to get their hands on firearms. That's what makes America different.

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