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Synonyms for sicknessˈsɪk nɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illness, unwellness, malady, sickness(noun)

    impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism

    unwellness, malady, illness, nausea, sickness

  2. sickness(noun)

    defectiveness or unsoundness

    "drugs have become a sickness they cannot cure"; "a great sickness of his judgment"

    unwellness, malady, illness, nausea

  3. nausea, sickness(noun)

    the state that precedes vomiting

    unwellness, malady, illness, nausea, sickness

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sickness

    Disease is the general term for any deviation from health; in a more limited sense it denotes some definite morbid condition; disorder and affection are rather partial and limited; as, a nervous affection; a disorder of the digestive system. Sickness was generally used in English speech and literature, till the close of the eighteenth century at least, for every form of physical disorder, as abundantly appears in the English Bible: "Jesus went about ... healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people," Matt. iv, 23; "Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died," 2 Kings xiii, 14. There is now, in England, a tendency to restrict the words sick and sickness to nausea, or "sickness at the stomach," and to hold ill and illness as the only proper words to use in a general sense. This distinction has received but a very limited acceptance in the United States, where sick and sickness have the earlier and wider usage. We speak of trifling ailments, a slight indisposition, a serious or a deadly disease; a slight or severe illness; a painful sickness. Complaint is a popular term, which may be applied to any degree of ill health, slight or severe. Infirmity denotes a chronic or lingering weakness or disability, as blindness or lameness.

    affection, ailment, complaint, disease, disorder, distemper, illness, indisposition, infirmity, malady, unhealthiness, unsoundness

    health, robustness, soundness, strength, sturdiness, vigor

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sickness(n.)

    illness, disease, disorder, distemper, malady, complaint, ail, ailment, indisposition

  2. sickness(n.)


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List of paraphrases:

disease, illness, sick, diseases, maladie, ill, nausea

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