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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Even if your problem did not result from a manufacturing defect, the company may want to settle your claim rather than risk your ill will. Kevin Brasler,, "Have a consumer problem? How to complain and get results," 1 July 2018 Judge Thushara Rajasinghe ruled that prosecutors failed to prove an opinion piece had promoted feelings of ill will and hostility between Muslims and non-Muslims in Fiji. Washington Post, "Fiji finds 4 not guilty of sedition in media freedom case," 22 May 2018 Peters says there is no ill will with the Punch Room or with the Ritz Carlton. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "One of Charlotte's most creative bartenders is leaving his post – but here's how to find him | Charlotte Observer," 17 May 2018 According to a timeline published by Rolling Stone in 2017, the ill will between Swift and Perry dates back to 2013, when a group of dancers on Swift's tour left to join Perry's tour. Ginger Rough, azcentral, "Did Taylor Swift and Katy Perry end their long-running feud in Phoenix?," 8 May 2018 Through no malfeasance, through no misintentions, through no ill will, but simply a broken system. Danny Mcdonald,, "Three Patriots players moderate Suffolk DA candidates forum," 20 June 2018 There were promises of cooperation but whiffs of ill will between the groups. Elaine Weiss, Time, "Women's Movements Are Facing Internal Divisions. History Shows That's Not Necessarily a Bad Thing," 6 Mar. 2018 Despite Drake's comments from the stands, there are no signs of any ill will toward Durant. Mike Bohn, USA TODAY, "Kevin Durant: Despite trash talk, Drake is no distraction in Toronto," 14 Jan. 2018 But even if Merkel can keep the government intact, one thing is clear: recent events have exposed the limits of her power and generated ill will that won't quickly be forgotten. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Germany's Merkel faces race against time in migrant standoff," 28 June 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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