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ill adj. (used in various applications of ‘bad’, ‘evil’; cf. EVIL)
1. morally evil, wicked Tp. I. ii. 454, 455, Wiv. V. v. 137, Meas. II. i. 68 “a very ill house,” 2H4 I. ii. 188 “his ill angel,” H8 IV. ii. 43, Mac. I. iii. 131, Lucr. 579.
2. unskilled Rom. IV. ii. 6 “'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers,” Ham. II. ii. 119 “I am ill at these numbers.”
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