Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ILLS

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless: Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.

It was and is intended by her for the stomachs of men, to cure all the ills of mankind.

Pat is more occupied with the bright present than with past ills.

And the soul which we behold is in a similar condition, disfigured by ten thousand ills.

My head so pillowed and a saint from Heaven ministering to my ills?

The fact is, that education is the true panacea for the ills of this people, and it is the only one.

It is better to bear the ills we have than fly to those we know not of.

She has neuralgia and long stretches of apathy, and other ills.

People often brought these and other ills upon themselves by their own indiscretion.

To him strong liquor is a friend, a comforter, a solace amid the ills of life.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "morally evil" (other 13c. senses were "malevolent, hurtful, unfortunate, difficult"), from Old Norse illr "ill, bad," of unknown origin. Not related to evil. Main modern sense of "sick, unhealthy, unwell" is first recorded mid-15c., probably related to Old Norse idiom "it is bad to me." Slang inverted sense of "very good, cool" is 1980s. As a noun, "something evil," from mid-13c.