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.
Recent Examples on the Web Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent about $300,000 — most of his life savings — to warn Earthlings about the end of the world, has no ill will toward Camping, who died in 2013. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 The suit alleges that Ms. Zhou posted slanderous and inaccurate material on Weibo out of ill will. Chao Deng, WSJ, 22 May 2021 The move has also generated tremendous ill will from the rest of European soccer. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2021 Having any ill will whatsoever toward anyone that’s different than you. Matt Young, Chron, 31 Mar. 2021 But on the cusp of opening day, players seem to be putting aside any simmering ill will directed toward Manfred and their employers. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2021 Both Swift and Jonas have spoken on the record about their relationship–according to the both of them, there is no ill will. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, 7 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the festering of passive-aggressive ill will between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks continues. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 When Laila publicly descends into madness after her child is stillborn, the Melancons acquire a baby of their own under hazy circumstances, adding to the ill will. Time, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ill will

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Ill will.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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