• Evil; wicked (of people).
  • Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy.
  • Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel.
  • Unpropitious, unkind, faulty, not up to reasonable standard.
  • Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick.
  • Having an urge to vomit.
  • Sublime, with the connotation of being so in a singularly creative way.
  • Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.
  • Unwise; not a good idea.




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  • From Middle English ille ("evil; wicked"), from Old Norse illr, illa, ilt (whence Icelandic illur, Norwegian ille, Danish ilde), from Proto-Germanic *ilhilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁elk- (whence Latin ulcus ("sore"), Ancient Greek ἕλκος ("wound, ulcer"), Sanskrit अर्शस् ("hemorrhoids") (whence Hindi अर्श).

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