Pronunciation: (il), [key]
adj., worse, worst,
n., adv.

1. of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick: She felt ill, so her teacher sent her to the nurse.
2. objectionable; unsatisfactory; poor; faulty: ill manners.
3. hostile; unkindly: ill feeling.
4. evil; wicked; bad: of ill repute.
5. unfavorable; adverse: ill fortune.
6. of inferior worth or ability; unskillful; inexpert: an ill example of scholarship.
7. ill at ease, socially uncomfortable; nervous: They were ill at ease because they didn't speak the language.

1. an unfavorable opinion or statement: I can speak no ill of her.
2. harm or injury: His remarks did much ill.
3. trouble, distress, or misfortune: Many ills befell him.
4. evil: to know the difference between good and ill.
5. sickness or disease.

1. in an ill manner.
2. unsatisfactorily; poorly: It ill befits a man to betray old friends.
3. in a hostile or unfriendly manner.
4. unfavorably; unfortunately.
5. with displeasure or offense.
6. faultily; improperly.
7. with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely: Buying a new car is an expense we can ill afford.


Pronunciation: (īl), [key]
contraction of I will.




1. illustrated.
2. illustration.
3. illustrator.
4. most illustrious.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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