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 There’s no ill will at all, Baker says, but the evolution of his decision was complicated. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Farm-to-table update: ‘Edible’ goes digital for summer, and artisans rethink business models," 21 Apr. 2020 In South Africa, already, public health officials have raised concerns that residents falling ill will avoid medical treatment for fear of being shunned as coronavirus carriers. Los Angeles Times, "The scarlet C: Coronavirus survivors face the stigma and discrimination," 18 Apr. 2020 The mildly ill will be treated and given instructions to monitor their illness at home. Lauren Caruba,, "Planning for the worst, hoping for the best: San Antonio hospitals brace for surge of coronavirus patients," 5 Apr. 2020 Now he's saddled with the tag, which often brings ill will from recipients. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL free agency: Winners and losers as franchise tag window closes, negotiating period begins," 16 Mar. 2020 The ill will is all the more pronounced in Washington. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump and Xi both hunt for coronavirus victories," 11 Mar. 2020 Consomagno said Coyne regretted the ill will caused by the controversy. John D'anna, azcentral, "George Coyne, astronomer priest who helped establish Mount Graham observatory, dies at 87," 16 Feb. 2020 While some of the country’s biggest companies are adjusting their policies because of the coronavirus, there are still many employees who worry that falling ill will leave them in a precarious financial position. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, "Lack of Sick Time Worries Workers as Coronavirus Looms," 11 Mar. 2020 But Hunt has no ill will towards the organization that decided to release him. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts release Margus Hunt, highlighting need at defensive tackle," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ill will

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ill will.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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