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Synonyms for ill

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ailment, complaint, ill(adj)

    an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

    complaint, charge, ailment

    harmless, healed, amicable, good, recovered, asymptomatic, symptomless, propitious, cured, well

  2. ill, sick(adj)

    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

    "ill from the monotony of his suffering"

    grim, sickish, pale, inauspicious, mad, unhinged, sick(p), sick, disturbed, grisly, wan, fed up(p), gruesome, nauseous, macabre, brainsick, sick of(p), ghastly, demented, queasy, ominous, crazy, tired of(p), unbalanced, disgusted, nauseated, pallid

    propitious, cured, harmless, recovered, asymptomatic, well, amicable, healed, symptomless, good

  3. ill(adj)

    resulting in suffering or adversity

    "ill effects"; "it's an ill wind that blows no good"

    ominous, inauspicious, sick

    good, cured, propitious, healed, amicable, symptomless, asymptomatic, harmless, well, recovered

  4. ill(adj)


    "ill manners"; "of ill repute"

    ominous, inauspicious, sick

    healed, recovered, amicable, harmless, cured, propitious, good, well, asymptomatic, symptomless

  5. ill(adj)

    indicating hostility or enmity

    "you certainly did me an ill turn"; "ill feelings"; "ill will"

    ominous, inauspicious, sick

    asymptomatic, recovered, amicable, good, symptomless, harmless, cured, propitious, healed, well

  6. ill, inauspicious, ominous(adverb)

    presaging ill fortune

    "ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"

    baleful, threatening, sick, minacious, ominous, inauspicious, untoward, forbidding, minatory, menacing, sinister, adverse, unfortunate

    good, propitious, well, symptomless, asymptomatic, healed, cured, amicable, recovered, harmless

  7. ill, badly, poorly(adverb)

    (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well

    "he was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "the car runs badly"; "he performed badly on the exam"; "the team played poorly"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan"

    mischievously, badly, poorly, severely, bad, disadvantageously, gravely, naughtily, seriously

    recovered, asymptomatic, cured, amicable, symptomless, healed, good, propitious, well, harmless

  8. ill, badly(adverb)

    unfavorably or with disapproval

    "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"

    mischievously, badly, poorly, severely, bad, disadvantageously, gravely, naughtily, seriously

    recovered, symptomless, well, harmless, propitious, asymptomatic, healed, amicable, good, cured

  9. ill(adverb)

    with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly

    "we can ill afford to buy a new car just now"

    badly, poorly

    harmless, recovered, amicable, well, propitious, good, healed, asymptomatic, cured, symptomless


  1. ill(adverb)

    disgusted, unwell, illy, nauseous, dope, nauseate, poorly, sick, diseased, sicken, under the weather, bad, mal-

    well, good, healthy, fine, wack, hale

  2. ill(adjective)

    Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.

    Music won't solve all the world's ills, but it can make them easier to bear.

    illy, mal-, sicken, sick, dope, unwell, diseased, nauseate, bad, disgusted, under the weather, poorly, nauseous

    well, fine, hale, wack, healthy, good

  3. ill(adjective)

    Harm or injury.

    I wouldn't want you to do me ill.

    nauseate, dope, sick, disgusted, nauseous, sicken, unwell, mal-, diseased, bad, poorly, under the weather

    healthy, well, hale, wack, good, fine

  4. ill(adjective)

    Evil; moral wrongfulness.

    Sociopaths do not seem to grasp the difference between good and ill.

    poorly, diseased, sicken, unwell, mal-, disgusted, sick, dope, nauseous, under the weather, nauseate, bad

    well, hale, healthy, wack, fine, good

  5. ill(adjective)

    A physical ailment; an illness.

    I am incapacitated by rheumatism and other ills.

    poorly, dope, sicken, under the weather, bad, diseased, disgusted, sick, mal-, unwell, nauseate, nauseous

    hale, fine, good, well, wack, healthy

  6. ill(adjective)

    Unfavorable remarks or opinions.

    Do not speak ill of the dead.

    bad, nauseous, mal-, poorly, under the weather, nauseate, unwell, diseased, disgusted, sicken, dope, sick

    well, wack, fine, healthy, good, hale

  7. ill(adjective)

    PCP, phencyclidine

    Biggie Smalls is the illest / Your style is played out, like Arnold wonderin Whatchu talkin bout, Willis? — Biggie Smalls, The What, 1994.

    nauseate, bad, sick, unwell, mal-, under the weather, disgusted, dope, nauseous, sicken, diseased, poorly

    fine, hale, healthy, good, well, wack

  8. ill(adjective)

    Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.

    That band was ill.

    bad, under the weather, sick, dope, disgusted, unwell, sicken, mal-, nauseous, poorly, diseased, nauseate

    good, wack, healthy, fine, well, hale

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ill

    Misfortune is adverse fortune or any instance thereof, any untoward event, usually of lingering character or consequences, and such as the sufferer is not deemed directly responsible for; as, he had the misfortune to be born blind. Any considerable disappointment, failure, or misfortune, as regards outward circumstances, as loss of fortune, position, and the like, when long continued or attended with enduring consequences, constitutes adversity. For the loss of friends by death we commonly use affliction or bereavement. Calamity and disaster are used of sudden and severe misfortunes, often overwhelming; ill fortune and ill luck, of lighter troubles and failures. We speak of the misery of the poor, the hardships of the soldier. Affliction, chastening, trial, and tribulation have all an especially religious bearing, suggesting some disciplinary purpose of God with beneficent design. Affliction may be keen and bitter, but brief; tribulation is long and wearing. We speak of an affliction, but rarely of a tribulation, since tribulation is viewed as a continuous process, which may endure for years or for a lifetime; but we speak of our daily trials. Compare CATASTROPHE.

    adversity, affliction, bereavement, blow, calamity, chastening, chastisement, disappointment, disaster, distress, failure, hardship, harm, ill fortune, ill luck, misadventure, mischance, misery, misfortune, mishap, reverse, ruin, sorrow, stroke, trial, tribulation, trouble, visitation

    blessing, boon, comfort, consolation, good fortune, good luck, gratification, happiness, joy, pleasure, prosperity, relief, success, triumph

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ill(n)

    evil, misfortune

  2. ill

    bad, sick, unwell, indisposed, poorly, out of sorts, diseased

    well, healthy, strong, vigorous

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ill(a.)

    bad, evil, unfortunate, unfavorable

  2. ill(a.)

    wicked, wrong, iniquitous, naughty

  3. ill(a.)

    indisposed, ailing, unwell, sick, on the sick list, out of sorts, out of health, laid on the shelf, laid on the back, under the weather

  4. ill(n.)

    wickedness, depravity, evil

  5. ill(n.)

    misfortune, calamity, misery, pain

  6. ill(ad.)

    badly, not well

  7. ill(ad.)

    with difficulty, not easily

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ill(a)

    ailing, sick, unwell, evil, unfavorable, adverse, bad

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  1. Mickey Mehta:

    There is so much of good in the worst of us, so much of bad in the best of us, that it is ill behaved of many of us, to talk ill about the rest of us. If only we learn to appreciate all, we will be thereby motivating all to transform and MickeyMize lives. Share to have a world of appreciation and HEAL THE WORLD.

  2. Dolly Parton:

    I just happened to have this picture when I woke up this morning of us, i walked out and thought, Well, maybe Ill hold that up for everybody, so I know youre sad as I am but God bless you Kenny Rogers. Fly high, straight into the arms of God. And to the rest of you, keep the faith.

  3. The Boston Public Health Commission:

    We urge residents to take proper precautions to prevent the spread of illness, which include: washing your hands regularly, avoiding close contact or sharing food and drink with others who might be ill, and staying home if you are ill.

  4. The CDC:

    In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the months before they became ill. Eight (73 percent) of 11 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder or tea.

  5. Chi Chi DeVayne:

    Keep me in your prayers. Ill be back soon.

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