sickness

noun

sick·​ness ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio)
1
a
: ill health : illness
b
: a disordered, weakened, or unsound condition
2
: a specific disease
3

Example Sentences

He died from an unknown sickness. she was plagued by sickness most of her adult life
Recent Examples on the Web Each individual wants money to control themselves is where the sickness begins, and that’s where corruption can arise, right? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2023 Allison Holthoff, a 37-year-old from Nova Scotia, had an upset stomach on Dec. 31 and went to the emergency room the following morning when the sickness worsened. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 Since it’s a virus, there is no antibiotic to treat the sickness, but a veterinarian may prescribe one for secondary infections. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2022 At least one person was confirmed to have sapovirus illness and nine others potentially had the same sickness. Steve Almasy, CNN, 24 Nov. 2022 Listeriosis is the sickness that makes people ill and can be fatal. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 Because as George kicked the sickness and breathed easier, his team has done the same. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 The sickness comes as O’Rourke was in the middle of a 49-day campaign that was supposed to take him to more than 65 counties in Texas. Dallas News, 28 Aug. 2022 By some combination of precaution, luck, and, frankly, more luck, most of my family—here, in France, and in Cameroon—evades the sickness. Vanessa A. Bee, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sickness was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sickness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sickness. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

sickness

noun
sick·​ness ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio)
1
: ill health : illness
2
: a specific disease : malady
3

Medical Definition

sickness

noun
sick·​ness ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio)
1
: the condition of being ill : ill health
2
: a specific disease
3
: nausea

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