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ill sb. (is used only in the foll. senses)
1. wrong-doing, wickedness, sin Tp. I. ii. 353 “capable of all ill,” R2 I. i. 86 “So much as of a thought of ill in him,” Oth. IV. iii. 106 “The ills we do,” Lucr. 91 “Whose inward ill no outward harm express'”
2. evil inflicted or suffered, mischief, misfortune, disaster Mer.V. II. v. 17 “There is some ill a-brewing,” Ham. III. i. 81 “bear those ills we have,” Sonn. cxix. 9 “O benefit of ill!.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 2.5
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxix
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