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Dictionary definition for: Ill

1. (n) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

2. (a) not in good physical or mental health; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"

3. (r) (`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

4. (s) resulting in suffering or adversity; "ill effects" "it''s an ill wind that blows no good"

5. (r) unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead" "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"

6. (s) distressing; "ill manners" "of ill repute"

7. (r) with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly; "we can ill afford to buy a new car just now"

8. (s) indicating hostility or enmity; "you certainly did me an ill turn" "ill feelings" "ill will"

9. (s) 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"

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