Ill"ness (?), n. [From Ill.]

1.

The condition of being ill, evil, or bad; badness; unfavorableness.

[Obs.] "The illness of the weather."

Locke.

2.

Disease; indisposition; malady; disorder of health; sickness; as, a short or a severe illness.

3.

Wrong moral conduct; wickedness.

Shak.

Syn. -- Malady; disease; indisposition; ailment. -- Illness, Sickness. Within the present century, there has been a tendency in England to use illness in the sense of a continuous disease, disorder of health, or sickness, and to confine sickness more especially to a sense of nausea, or "sickness of the stomach."

 

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