Adjective "ill" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Suffering from an illness or disease or feeling unwell.
  1. with submodifier 'a terminally ill patient'
  2. 'There is no requirement that the suffering be physical or that the patient be terminally ill.'
  3. 'As soon as John had taken ill, she had written to him.'
  4. 'Some years ago I was called to attend a man I did not know who had taken ill very suddenly.'
  5. 'Around one in ten people who are infected with amoebiasis become ill from the disease.'
  6. 'He said it was reasonable to believe the water had not been contaminated before the period in question because no-one prior to that period had taken ill.'
  7. 'The major reason for the redesign of services is to ensure the best possible care for critically ill patients as well as those with less serious illness and injuries.'
  8. 'Siti said that volunteers should also understand that terminally ill patients usually suffer from psychological strain due to their illness.'
  9. 'On the occasion his mother had taken ill and he was trying to get assistance for her.'
  10. 'Two other patients are critically ill after contracting the disease through infected organs from the donor.'
  11. 'Perhaps you are living with someone who is ill with a life-threatening disease.'
Poor in quality.
  1. 'It was because of her ill judgment.'
  2. 'she had a cup of the same wine and suffered no ill effects'
  3. 'Teenagers would be made aware of the ill effects of smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse.'
  4. 'I have always known the ill effects of smoking but did not know how harmful it could be.'
  5. 'But as time went on you couldn't help noticing the ill effects.'
  6. 'The new government will be pressed to reconcile religious conflicts and work out a policy that is considerate of the poor and mitigates the ill effects of economic growth.'
  7. 'And that's part of trying to educate people about drugs and warn them about the ill effects of drugs.'
  8. 'Getting out to an exercise class is a good way of releasing stress and reducing the ill effects of it.'
  9. 'But Mr Briggs said safeguards would be put in place to control the ill effects of gambling.'
  10. 'But care need to be taken to reduce the ill effects of computers as far as possible.'
  11. 'To the normal ill effects of heavy summer rainfall is added direct physical damage to the vines and fruit.'
  12. 'What is highly disputed, however, is the dose of radiation that will result in ill effects.'
  13. 'a bird of ill omen'
  14. 'As explained elsewhere, the trip to Brisbane, or more precisely the trip back, was a journey of ill omen for young Les as it threw him into the close company of Tim O'Sullivan.'
  15. 'They usually employed various psychological techniques to cope with and often even thrive upon any ill fortune that came their way.'
  16. 'More than 50 years of constant US intervention have led to a plethora of ill fortune in the region.'
  17. 'We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.'
  18. 'Cursing their ill luck, the ad men are spending extra money to remove these posters to make the hoardings visible.'
  19. 'Typical of their ill luck was a penalty, awarded for a foot block on Knight, but which was blasted narrowly wide by Ward, who was having such an outstanding game.'
  20. 'This clearly implies, my correspondent asserts, that there is only one wheelchair available for use for every five passengers who have had the ill luck to be stood on.'
  21. 'Since the earliest times, man has gazed skyward, hoping to discern signs of good or ill fortune in the patterns of the stars.'
  22. 'For his ill fortune alone, defeat was unthinkable.'
  23. 'To cap Flanagan's misfortune, he punctured with 15 miles to go and there was an immediate charge from the front of his bunch, capitalising on his ill luck.'


Badly, wrongly, or imperfectly.
  1. 'it ill becomes one so beautiful to be gloomy'
  2. 'Would you risk the future success of your business on a bottle of homemade possibly ill tasting wine or would you have bottles of quality wine on hand to serve to your guests?'
  3. 'Kiribati was ill prepared for democracy by the British colonial regime, which mainly used people from Tuvalu as administrators.'
  4. 'I must be that inexplicably angry, obtuse, ill mannered, audacious, pompous blow-hard that writes insulting letters to The Peak!'
  5. 'It seemed as if people were competing with each other for an imaginary prize for being the most rowdy and ill mannered human being in that room.'
  6. 'The big worry is that the cash-strapped Irish health service is ill equipped to deal with an epidemic of any form, least of all a potentially fatal virus like SARS.'
  7. 'It found itself subjected to harsh rain it was ill equipped for, dissolving the sandstone facades of it's buildings slowly, even as the people chose not to lift their eyes and notice it.'
  8. 'The Bosnian government was ill prepared to defend the country with no army and only a poorly equipped territorial defense force.'
  9. 'a look on her face which boded ill for anyone who crossed her path'
Only with difficulty; hardly.
  1. 'Poor families can ill afford more than a few rupees.'
  2. 'He stressed that some of the goods produced locally lacked quality and were produced at a comparatively higher cost making such goods ill equipped to compete on the regional market.'
  3. 'Culpeper's deepest desire was to make herbal medicine available to everyone, especially the poor who could ill afford to visit a physician.'


A problem or misfortune.
  1. 'Despite good intentions, psychiatrists can become complicit in shaping social ills.'
  2. 'It has become an accepted part of our daily lives, like so many of the ills that plague our society.'
  3. 'After all, who in their right minds would imagine that theatre is responsible for the ills of society?'
  4. 'Both of them believe that society's ills can be fixed by putting the right man at the top to make laws and crack down on the wrong people.'
  5. 'One of the ills of our society in the recent past was the polarisation of black and white.'
  6. 'Like so many ills of today's society, the cult of bigness has American origin.'
  7. 'Of all the social ills and problems plaguing Bihar, sati was never on the list.'
  8. 'Injunctions against discrimination require that efficacious treatment for a human ill must be made equally accessible to everyone.'
  9. 'You don't hear people talking about any other part that the markets will take care of it, that free trade is the panacea for every ill.'
  10. 'The 1960s and 70s counterculture gets blamed for every current social ill by conservatives.'
  11. 'how could I wish him ill?'
  12. 'So, I wish them no ill, but I think they should be stripped of their titles and that their immense wealth could be put to better use for the good of everyone.'
  13. 'Those wishing further ill may hope that a Sox loss will preserve the Fragile Equilibrium of Unhappiness that Boston fans know all too well.'
  14. 'I want to state that I do not wish ill upon any person, and this is in fact another part of the problem.'
  15. 'I don't wish the bloke any ill but me and a few others wouldn't be among those in the gallery clapping our hands.'
  16. 'Tris, you made a few good points about Gourmet Station Blog, which I, for good or ill named as this week's winner of ‘The Beyond Lame Award’.'
  17. 'If that's for good or ill can't be judged, because the only vestiges we get of that more satirical version are a few extended scenes among the extras.'
  18. 'In short, I wish Mr Akam no ill, but hope this acts as a piece of constructive criticism.'
  19. 'It can control the country's borders, and it can keep out or throw out those who wish our nation ill.'
  20. 'Even though she married the wrong guy I wish her no ill at all.'
  21. 'We didn't wish the fox ill, but his determination to steal our hens didn't make him a friend of the family either.'


1. of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick: She felt ill, so her teacher sent her to the nurse.

2. objectionable; unsatisfactory; poor; faulty: ill manners.

3. hostile; unkindly: ill feeling.

4. evil; wicked; bad: of ill repute.

5. unfavorable; adverse: ill fortune.

6. of inferior worth or ability; unskillful; inexpert: an ill example of scholarship.

7. Slang. great; amazing: His mom is the illest cook. noun

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be ill for times."

"people can be ill at eases."

"people can be ill in hospitals."

"people can be ill for months."

"dates can be ill with cancers."

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Middle English (in the senses ‘wicked’, ‘malevolent’, ‘harmful’, and ‘difficult’): from Old Norse illr ‘evil, difficult’, of unknown origin.


ill at ease
speak (or think) ill of