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ill

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of ill

  1. 1 affected with nausea she grew ill from the constant rocking motion of the boat Synonyms of ill nauseous, nauseated, qualmish, queasy (also queazy), queer, queerish, sick, sickish, squeamishWords Related to ill green, peaked, peaky, sickly; unsettled, upset, woozyNear Antonyms of ill settled; healthy, well

  2. 2 causing or capable of causing harm one of the ill effects of winter weather is the rapid spread of germs as people spend more time together indoors Synonyms of ill adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, hurtful, harmful, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wickedWords Related to ill hostile, inimical, unfriendly; contagious, deadly, infectious, infective, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, poisonous, venomous; insidious, menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; destructive, fatal, killer, lethal, malignant, ruinousNear Antonyms of ill advantageous, beneficial, useful; favorable, good, propitious; curative, healthful, healthy, helpful, palliative, remedial, salubrious, salutary, wholesome; secure, sound; benignant; noncorrosive, nondestructive, nonfatal, noninfectious, nonlethal, nonpoisonous, nonpolluting, nontoxic, nonvenomousAntonyms of ill anodyne, benign, harmless, hurtless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, safe

  3. 3 temporarily suffering from a disorder of the body since I'm ill, I guess that I'll just have to miss that dental appointment Synonyms of ill ailing, bad, down, sick, indisposed, peaked, peaky, poorly, punk, run-down, sickened, unhealthy, unsound, unwellWords Related to ill symptomatic; cruddy, lousy, seedy, sickish; nauseated, nauseous, qualmish, queasy (also queazy), squeamish; airsick, carsick, seasick; dizzy, light-headed, shaky, woozy; achy, feverish; diseased, disordered; decrepit, feeble, fragile, frail, infirm, invalid, sickly, weak, weakly; afflicted, troubled; challenged, debilitated, disabled, halt, incapacitated, lame; hypochondriac, hypochondriacalNear Antonyms of ill able-bodied, conditioned, fit, well-conditioned; cured; better, convalescing, improved, mending, recovering, recuperating, rehabilitated; hardy, hearty, lusty, robust, rugged, stalwart, strong, tough; blooming, bouncing, chipper, flourishing, flush, thrivingAntonyms of ill hale, healthful, healthy, sound, well, whole, wholesome

  4. 4 falling short of a standard such ill behavior will not be tolerated Synonyms of ill bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, bad, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], wanting, wretched, wrongWords Related to ill abysmal, atrocious, awful, bitchin' [slang], brutal, damnable, deplorable, detestable, disastrous, dreadful, execrable, gnarly [slang], horrendous, horrible, pathetic, stinky, sucky [slang], terrible, unspeakable; defective, faulty, flawed; egregious, flagrant, gross; bum, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy [slang], cut-rate, junky, lesser, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, reprehensible, rotten, rubbishy, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, trashy; abominable, odious, vile; useless, valueless, worthless; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, meager (or meagre), mean, miserly, niggardly, scanty, shabby, short, skimp, skimpy, spare, stingy; miscreant, scurrilous, villainous; counterfeit, fake, phony (also phoney), shamNear Antonyms of ill classic, classical; A1, bang-up, banner, boss [slang], capital, choice, crackerjack, dandy, divine, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-test, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, perfect, premium, prime, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special, sufficient; average, borderline, fair, mediocre, middling, minimal, so-so, unexceptional; suitable, useful, worthy; gratifying, satisfyingAntonyms of ill acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable

  5. 5 being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come the abrupt breakdown of negotiations appears to be an ill omen for this ongoing hostage situation Synonyms of ill baleful, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, ominous, ill-boding, inauspicious, menacing, minatory, portentous, sinister, threateningWords Related to ill black, bleak, cheerless, chill, Cimmerian, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dim, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, dreich [chiefly Scottish], elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, plutonian, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, sunless, tenebrific, tenebrous, wretched; discouraging, disheartening, hopeless, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious; ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, troubled, unfortunate, unlucky; evil, malign, malignantNear Antonyms of ill auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious, prosperousAntonyms of ill unthreatening


ill

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ill

  1. 1 in a manner so as to cause loss or suffering in those days society treated debtors very ill, even going so far as to put them in prison Synonyms of ill brutally, hard, harshly, hardly, oppressively, roughly, severely, sternly, stifflyWords Related to ill callously, cold-bloodedly, hard-heartedly, heartlessly, inhumanely, inhumanly, insensately, insensitively, mercilessly, obdurately, pitilessly, ruthlessly, tyrannically, uncharitably, unfeelingly, unmercifully, unsparingly; abusively, brutishly, savagely, viciously; aggressively, assertively, decidedly, determinedly, firmly, grimly, gruffly, resolutely, strongly, toughlyNear Antonyms of ill benevolently, benignantly, considerately, cordially, graciously, kindly, lovingly, tenderly; charitably, compassionately, humanely, mercifully, softheartedly, sympathetically, tolerantly, understandinglyAntonyms of ill clemently, gently, leniently, lightly, mildly, softly

  2. 2 certainly not you can ill afford to miss another day of work Synonyms of ill hardly, no, none, no way, scarcelyWords Related to ill near, never, nothing, nowhere, nowiseNear Antonyms of ill awful, awfully, enormously, exceedingly (also exceeding), extremely, greatly, highly, hugely, immensely, mightily, mighty, most, quite, terribly, very; assuredly, clearly, hands down, perfectly, plainly, really, truly, unequivocally, unquestionably, utterly; doubtless, more or less, mostly, rather, slightly, somewhatAntonyms of ill absolutely, certainly, completely, definitely, positively, surely


ill

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of ill

  1. 1 an abnormal state that disrupts a plant's or animal's normal bodily functioning chicken pox and the other ills that were once a fixture of childhood Synonyms of ill affection, ail, ailment, bug, complaint, complication, condition, disorder, distemper, distemperature, fever, disease, illness, infirmity, malady, sickness, troubleWords Related to ill contagion, contagious disease; contagium, infection; attack, bout, fit, spell; debility, decrepitude, feebleness, frailness, lameness, sickliness, unhealthiness, unsoundness, unwellness, weakness; malaise, matter, pip; epidemic, pest, pestilence, plagueNear Antonyms of ill fitness, healthiness, heartiness, robustness, soundness, wholeness, wholesomeness; fettle, shapeAntonyms of ill health, wellness

  2. 2 that which is morally unacceptable idealistic people who try to cure all of our society's ills Synonyms of ill bad, evildoing, evil, immorality, iniquity, sin, villainy, wrongWords Related to ill atrociousness, atrocity, badness, balefulness, darkness, depravedness, devilishness, diabolism, enormity, evilness, heinousness, iniquitousness, satanism, sinfulness, vileness, wickedness; devilry (or deviltry), fiendishness; cancer, canker, decay, rot, squalor; corruption, debauchery, degeneracy, depravity, indecency, malefaction, perversion, pervertedness, scurrility, scurrilousness; abomination, anathema, taboo (also tabu)Near Antonyms of ill decency, goodness, honesty, integrity, probity, rectitude, uprightness; goodness, righteousness, virtuousnessAntonyms of ill good, morality, right, virtue

  3. 3 bad luck or an example of this the travelers merrily set off on their journey, scarcely imagining the ills that would befall them Synonyms of ill adversity, misfortune, knock, misadventure, mischance, mishap, tragedyWords Related to ill calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster; affliction, hardship, trial, tribulation, woe; distress, misery, suffering, unhappiness; defeat, failure, fizzle, nonsuccess; curse, evil, sorrow, trouble; accident, casualty; blow, body blow, disappointment, letdown, setback; circumstance, destiny, doom, fate, lot, portionNear Antonyms of ill break, chance, fluke, godsend, hit, opportunity, strike, stroke, windfall; accomplishment, achievement, successAntonyms of ill fortune, luck, serendipity


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