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 Please do not exacerbate the situation by vilifying people for delivering an automatic courtesy with no intention of ill will. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 There's no hard feelings or ill will toward the Pirates for moving on from Tucker. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2022 The blowback was so loud that Timberlake had to issue a public apology to both women, though both Jackson and Spears have denied harboring any ill will towards him. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 5 July 2022 While Elvis took the news hard, Priscilla insisted there was no ill will between them in the years after their divorce, all the way up until his untimely death in 1977. Nicole Briese,, 23 June 2022 Philadelphia had a long history of ill will toward Soviet players and didn’t sign its first Russian until 1991. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2022 While social media commenters have long stirred drama between the two women, both Gomez and Bieber have attempted to shut down rumors of ill will on multiple occasions. Rachel Desantis,, 11 May 2022 While emotions are clearly still high between the two, there appears to be no ill will on either side. Topher Gauk-roger,, 6 May 2022 If a person feels the need to try out different experiences elsewhere, there is no ill will. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 May 2022 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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

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