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illness

ill·ness

illness

 
pronunciation:
Il nihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state or condition of being ill; sickness.
synonyms:
morbidity, sickness
antonyms:
health, wellness
similar words:
ailment, disease, indisposition, infection, infirmity, valetudinarianism
definition 2: an instance of being ill.
synonyms:
ailment, disease, infirmity, sickness
similar words:
affliction, disorder, ill, malady
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The word illness contains the following part:
-ness Old English noun-forming suffix that means state or quality of
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The suffix -ness is attached to adjectives to form nouns. It is fully productive, meaning that any word that combines an adjective and the suffix -ness is an allowable English noun. In a small set of cases, it is attached to a verb (forgiveness) or a noun (witness ).