What does sickness mean?

Definitions for sickness
ˈsɪk nɪssick·ness

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. illness, unwellness, malady, sicknessnoun

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

  2. sicknessnoun

    defectiveness or unsoundness

    "drugs have become a sickness they cannot cure"; "a great sickness of his judgment"

  3. nausea, sicknessnoun

    the state that precedes vomiting


  1. sicknessnoun

    The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; disease or malady.

  2. Etymology: From seocness.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sicknessnoun

    Etymology: from sick.

    I do lament the sickness of the king,
    As loth to lose him. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    My people are with sickness much enfeebled,
    My numbers lessen’d. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Mat.

    When I say every sickness has a tendency to death, I mean every individual sickness as well as every kind. Isaac Watts.

    Trust not too much your now resistless charms;
    Those age or sickness soon or late disarms. Alexander Pope.


  1. sickness

    Sickness is a state of being affected by physical or mental health complications, often characterized by symptoms such as pain, discomfort, weakness, fever, fatigue, and other disturbances of normal physiological functions. It may be caused by various factors such as infection, disease, dysfunction of organs or body systems, environmental hazards, or unhealthy lifestyle habits. Sickness can be temporary or chronic, and the severity can range from mild discomfort to life-threatening conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sicknessnoun

    the quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; sisease or malady

  2. Sicknessnoun

    nausea; qualmishness; as, sickness of stomach

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sickness' in Nouns Frequency: #2654

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sickness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sickness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sickness in a Sentence

  1. Raphael Warnock:

    He created a lot of trouble for himself in the process. Telling the truth will get you in trouble, yet there can be no transformation without truth, we can not and we will not change until we confront or are confronted by the sickness of our own situation. That applies to individuals, that applies to institutions, that applies to nations.

  2. Theodore Isaac Rubin:

    "The most prevalent and destructive fear is not of sickness or death itself. It is the fear of being human. All of our neurotic symptoms are retaliation against ourselves for daring to be human, this is less than godlike martyrs or masters. This is what psychotherapy is all about: getting over the fear of being human.

  3. Salia Woodbury:

    My mom and dad told me that addiction is a sickness, yeah, a sickness that makes people feel like they have to take drugs or drink alcohol to feel OK.

  4. Valentina Maureira:

    I am tired of living with this sickness, please authorize an injection so I can sleep forever.

  5. Anthony Weiner:

    I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse, i entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day.

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    a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long sound
    A liniment
    B macron
    C squint-eye
    D swathing

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