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.
- 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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