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Synonyms for ill

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  1. illadverb

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

    well, good, healthy, fine, wack, hale

  2. illadjective

    Evil; wicked (of people).

    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. illadjective

    Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy.

    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. illadjective

    Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel.

    He suffered from ill treatment.

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

    well, hale, healthy, wack, fine, good

  5. illadjective

    Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick.

    I've been ill with the flu for the past few days.

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

    hale, fine, good, well, wack, healthy

  6. illadjective

    Having an urge to vomit.

    Seeing those pictures made me ill.

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

    well, wack, fine, healthy, good, hale

  7. illadjective

    Sublime, with the connotation of being so in a singularly creative way. [This sense sometimes declines in AAVE as ill, comparative iller, superlative illest.]

    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. illadjective

    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. illnoun

    evil, misfortune

  2. ill

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

    well, healthy, strong, vigorous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ailment, complaint, illadjective

    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, sickadjective

    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. illadjective

    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. illadjective


    "ill manners"; "of ill repute"

    ominous, inauspicious, sick

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

  5. illadjective

    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, ominousadverb

    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, poorlyadverb

    (`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, badlyadverb

    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. illadverb

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. illadjective

    bad, evil, unfortunate, unfavorable

  2. illadjective

    wicked, wrong, iniquitous, naughty

  3. illadjective

    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. illnoun

    wickedness, depravity, evil

  5. illnoun

    misfortune, calamity, misery, pain

  6. illadjective

    badly, not well

  7. illadjective

    with difficulty, not easily

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. illadjective

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

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How to use ill in a sentence?

  1. Michael Sandford:

    I accept that Michael has tried to do a bad thing but he is mentally ill and is not a bad or dangerous person, he kept breaking down and sobbing on the phone, saying 'please, please, I just want to come home'. He's very remorseful ... He's just in a really bad way.

  2. Brittany Behm:

    We understand from the New Jersey Department of Health that the patient went to the park on 9/8/18 and became ill on 9/14/18.

  3. Ahmed Shaheed:

    I continue to receive frequent and alarming reports about the use of prolonged solitary and incommunicado confinement, torture and ill-treatment, lack of access to lawyers and the use of confessions solicited under torture as evidence in trials - practices that clearly violate Iran's own laws.

  4. Lily Jin:

    There's so much news, so much data, every 10 minutes there's an update, it's frightening, especially for people like us in a severely hit area, even if you're not ill you'll frighten yourself into getting sick.

  5. Machiavelli:

    I have often thought that the cause of men?s good or ill fortune depends on whether they make their actions fit with the times. A man having prospered by one mode of acting can never be persuaded that it may be well for him to act differently, whence it is that a man?s Fortune varies, because she changes her times and he does not his ways.

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