illness

noun
ill·ness | \ ˈil-nəs \

Definition of illness 

1a : sickness sense 2

b : an unhealthy condition of body or mind

2 obsolete

a : wickedness

b : unpleasantness

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Examples of illness in a Sentence

Her body was not able to defend itself against illness. Hundreds of soldiers died from illness and hunger. He showed no signs of illness. Scientists have not yet found a cure for this illness. cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses She died at the age of 60 after a brief illness.
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At the center of this debate are the poor and uninsured, who have long been used as scapegoats for their illnesses and inability to pay. Vijay Govindarajan, STAT, "What India can teach the U.S. about driving down the cost of health care," 10 July 2018 Rebecca put on a brave face through the challenges of her illness and continued to work tirelessly for her clients. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2018 His illness was first diagnosed right about the time Ann entered hospice care at home. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Educators spread the joy of music to many. And they accidentally led me to my wife," 6 July 2018 Authorities are unsure about where and when the couple were exposed to the nerve agent, but believe their illness may be collateral damage from the Skripal poisoning. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'There Will Be Severe Pain.' What to Know About the New Novichok Nerve Agent Poisoning in the U.K.," 5 July 2018 Second, accept that your mother has no control of her actions and thoughts at this stage in her illness. Veronica Mitchell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ask Veronica — Accepting the truth about dementia-fueled outbursts," 2 July 2018 Lillian had lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1954 and was an active member of First Lutheran Church prior to her illness. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 About one-third of people with the disease become combative during the course of their illness, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. NBC News, "Unlocked And loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 26 June 2018 His psychological illness, moreover, is capable of outlasting anyone else’s mental health. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of illness

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of illness was circa 1500

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illness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of illness

: a condition of being unhealthy in your body or mind

: a specific condition that prevents your body or mind from working normally : a sickness or disease

illness

noun
ill·ness | \ ˈil-nəs \

Kids Definition of illness

1 : an unhealthy condition of the body or mind Germs can cause illness.

2 : a specific sickness or disease Colds are a common illness.

illness

noun
ill·ness | \ ˈil-nəs \

Medical Definition of illness 

: an unhealthy condition of body or mind : sickness

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