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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. Illinois Department of Public Health:

    The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald's salads produced for McDonald's restaurants. Approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald's in the days before they became ill.

  2. Rosa de Winter-Levy:

    ‘'Edith has taken ill, has a high fever. I want her to go to the hospital. Though there is a great fear of being gassed because every week Dr. Mengele goes to the sick-bay to pick out those women who in his opinion are too thin to be left alive. Despite everything, I bring Edith there. She has a fever of 41 degrees and is immediately admitted to the sick-bay barracks. (...) One morning new patients arrive. Suddenly I recognize Edith, she has come from another ward of sick-bay barracks. She is but a mere shadow of herself. A few days later she dies, totally worn out.

  3. Adam Lankford:

    Police were slower to respond in other countries and were more likely to be ill-prepared when they did respond.

  4. Jonathan Sander:

    These are the lazy young people who use the easy ways to pull off simple, well known exploits that mostly work against similarly lazy, ill defended targets.

  5. Hannah More:

    Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.

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