November 9, 2014 – Word of the Day



A person who is ill is sick. The words "ill" and "sick" have almost the same meaning.

  • He feels ill. ill
  • If you’re ill, you should just stay home and rest.
  • An ill patient requires a lot of attention.
  • I’m feeling kind of ill this morning.

The word "ill" has other slightly different meanings:.

  • Harold bears no ill will towards his ex-wife. (He doesn’t hate her or wish bad things happen to her.)
  • Criminals buried their ill-gotten gains outside in the backyard. (ill-gotten = illegally acquired)
  • Knowing that the bystanders could have saved that young woman’s life, and they did nothing, makes me feel ill. (makes me feel ill = it disturbs me)
  • She’s a woman of ill repute. (She has a bad reputation)
  • Ill-informed voters helped elect a man who wasn’t qualified for the job. (ill-informed = people who receive bad information or who are not well educated)

The word "illness" is a noun:

  • He has a severe illness.
  • Mary is suffering from a mysterious illness.
  • Mental illness is a problem that affects millions of people in the U.S.
  • Illness from the ebola virus is so serious that it can result in death.

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