AskDefine | Define sickness

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1 impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism [syn: illness, unwellness, malady] [ant: health, health]
2 the state that precedes vomiting [syn: nausea]

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  1. The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; disease or malady.
    I do lament the sickness of the king. -William Shakespeare
    Trust not too much your now resistless charms; Those, age or sickness soon or late disarms. -Pope.
  2. Nausea; qualmishness; as, sickness of stomach.


the quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; disease or malady
  • Finnish: sairaus
  • French: maladie
  • German: Krankheit
  • Irish: tinneas
  • Japanese: 病気
  • Kurdish:
  • Polish: choroba
  • Russian: болезнь
nausea; qualmishness; as, sickness of stomach
  • Finnish: pahoinvointi
  • German: Übelkeit
  • Japanese: 吐き気
  • Kurdish:
  • Russian: тошнота


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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