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sickness

sick·ness

sickness

 
pronunciation:
sIk nihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the condition of being sick; illness.
There was a lot of sickness at school this month.
synonyms:
illness
antonyms:
health
similar words:
ailment, disease
definition 2: a particular disease.
Measles is a sickness.
synonyms:
ailment, disease
similar words:
disorder, illness
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The word sickness 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 ).