ill will


Definition of ill will

: unfriendly feeling

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malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer. felt no malice toward their former enemies malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct. a look of dark malevolence ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration. ill will provoked by a careless remark spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments. petty insults inspired by spite malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness. a life consumed by motiveless malignity spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice. venting his spleen against politicians grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction. never one to harbor a grudge

Examples of ill will in a Sentence

We bear no ill will toward each other.

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The health attacks, still under investigation and with no clear guilty party, have sparked much ill will between the two governments. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Trump is willing to negotiate with North Korea — but not Cuba," 14 June 2018 Facing these financial ills will be a central challenge for Austin Beutner, the district’s new superintendent. Jessica Calefati,, "Why L.A. Unified may face financial crisis even with a giant surplus this year," 4 June 2018 This isn’t to wish ill will on either Busch or Harvick, because the best drivers deserve to win more races. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR's new problem? Repeat winners, and why they're bad for racing in 2018 | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 Most people don’t even know they are infected, but 15 percent can develop serious illness and as many as 60 percent of those who do get severely ill will die. NBC News, "Don't go to Brazil without a yellow fever vaccine, CDC warns," 16 Mar. 2018 Never mind that Kensington Palace released a statement denying any ill will between the women. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Latest Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton 'Feud' Rumor Doesn't Even Make Sense," 3 Jan. 2019 Any ill will toward the Toronto Raptors, who fired Casey last month, evaporated within days. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 'Time is now' for team to contend," 17 June 2018 Over the past year, the two rappers have gone from denying ill will toward one another to slyly shading each other to supposedly brawling at a party during New York Fashion Week. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and the sexist female rapper paradigm behind their feud, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Elon and his companies can generate good (or at least more interesting) press when the other is being hammered by ill will. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of ill will

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ill will

: an unfriendly feeling : a feeling of hatred or dislike

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Kids Definition of ill will

: unfriendly feeling He … had more mischief than ill will in his composition …— Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow

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