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illness

[il-nis] /ˈɪl nɪs/
noun
1.
unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
2.
Obsolete, wickedness.
Origin of illness
1490-1500
1490-1500; ill + -ness
Synonyms
1. ailment, affliction, infirmity.
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  • The Queen's death, coming as it did during her own illness, gave her a painful shock.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • That was the beginning of her illness, February, eighteen eighty-three.

  • He had no sooner done this than he was visited by an attack of illness.

  • I have not dared tell them of your marriage—only of your illness.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • For two days past she had not left her bed, while during the third night of her illness she became seized with fever and delirium.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
British Dictionary definitions for illness

illness

/ˈɪlnɪs/
noun
1.
a disease or indisposition; sickness
2.
a state of ill health
3.
(obsolete) wickedness
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Word Origin and History for illness
n.

"disease, sickness," 1680s, from ill + -ness. Earlier it meant "bad moral quality" (c.1500).

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illness in Medicine

illness ill·ness (ĭl'nĭs)
n.
Disease of body or mind; poor health; sickness.

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