1. The condition of being ill, evil, or bad; badness; unfavorableness. "The illness of the weather."

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

3. Wrong moral conduct; wickedness.

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."

Synonyms: Malady, disease, indisposition, ailment.

Origin: From Ill.

(01 Mar 1998)