Part of speech: noun

The state of being ill; an ailment; sickness.

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Usage examples "illness":

  1. But since the emperor's illness has taken a dangerous turn things have gone back again. - "The Isle of Unrest", Henry Seton Merriman.
  2. I knew nothing of her illness; her letter reached me only an hour ago. - "Doctor Cupid", Rhoda Broughton.
  3. It was very obvious that he had died of illness. - "Cold Ghost", Chester S. Geier.