ailment

noun
ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Definition of ailment

1 : a bodily disorder or chronic disease a stomach ailment
2 : unrest, uneasiness an emotional ailment

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Examples of ailment in a Sentence

She suffered from a chronic back ailment. The doctor treated him for a variety of ailments.
Recent Examples on the Web Do not let repressed anger build up and turn into a physical ailment. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 20 June 2020 This kit contains a variety of 326 pieces to treat and soothe almost any common injury or ailment including cuts, headaches, sprains, burns, insect stings, and stomach aches. Popular Science, "Five road trip essentials for savvy travelers," 19 June 2020 What’s the strange ailment affecting kids with Covid-19? Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?," 15 June 2020 Why did Trump spend five days in the hospital in 2018 for an unspecified kidney ailment? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump bio presents inscrutable first lady as 'most influential' voice in White House, all-in for 2020," 15 June 2020 Arrogate, horse racing’s all-time leading money earner, was euthanized after complications from an undiagnosed ailment made recovery impossible. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Despite setbacks, Bob Baffert still has Santa Anita Derby favorite in Authentic," 5 June 2020 Harvey, who studied philosophy as a postgraduate, makes a mighty, poignant attempt at intellectual rigor, as if the insanity of her ailment were best glimpsed through weaves of deduction. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Late-Night Revelations in a Memoir of Insomnia," 4 June 2020 The expression of this ailment varies but represents different points along the same clinical continuum. David Malebranche, STAT, "Racism: The contagion in health care we need to eradicate," 4 June 2020 What’s the strange ailment affecting kids with Covid-19? Flavie Halais, Wired, "Cities in Poorer Countries Are at Risk as Covid-19 Spreads," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of ailment

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ailment

ail entry 1 + -ment

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The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ailment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ailment. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for ailment

ailment

noun
How to pronounce ailment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ailment

: a sickness or illness

ailment

noun
ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Kids Definition of ailment

: a sickness or disease

ailment

noun
ail·​ment | \ ˈā(ə)l-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Medical Definition of ailment

: a bodily disorder or chronic disease

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