ill will

noun
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of ill will

: unfriendly feeling

Examples of ill will in a Sentence

  1. We bear no ill will toward each other.

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First Known Use of ill will

14th century

Synonym Discussion of ill will

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

ILL WILL Defined for English Language Learners

ill will

noun

Definition of ill will for English Language Learners

  • : an unfriendly feeling : a feeling of hatred or dislike


ILL WILL Defined for Kids

ill will

noun

Definition of ill will for Students

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


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