ill at ease


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ill

 (ĭl)
adj. worse (wûrs), worst (wûrst)
1. Not healthy; sick: I began to feel ill last week.
2. Not normal; unsound: an ill condition of body and mind.
3. Resulting in suffering; harmful or distressing: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
4.
a. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions: ill deeds committed out of spite.
b. Ascribing an objectionable quality: holds an ill view of that political group.
c. Hostile or unfriendly: ill feeling between rivals.
d. Harmful; pernicious: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
5. Not favorable; unpropitious: ill predictions.
6. Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct: ill manners.
7. Slang Excellent; outstanding: Your new car is really ill!
adv. worse, worst
1. In a bad, inadequate, or improper way. Often used in combination: My words were ill-chosen.
2. In an unfavorable way; unpropitiously: a statistic that bodes ill for job growth.
3. Scarcely or with difficulty: We can ill afford another mistake.
n.
1. Evil, wrongdoing, or harm: the ill that befell the townspeople.
2. Something that causes suffering; trouble: the social ills of urban life.
3. Something that reflects in an unfavorable way on one: Please don't speak ill of me when I'm gone.
4. (used with a pl. verb) Sick people considered as a group. Often used with the.
Idiom:
ill at ease
Anxious or unsure; uneasy: The stranger made me feel ill at ease.

[Middle English, from Old Norse īllr, bad.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ill at ease - socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner; "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"
uncomfortable - conducive to or feeling mental discomfort; "this kind of life can prove disruptive and uncomfortable"; "the uncomfortable truth"; "grew uncomfortable beneath his appraising eye"; "an uncomfortable way of surprising me just when I felt surest"; "the teacher's presence at the conference made the child very uncomfortable"

ill at ease

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ill at ease

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They have been ill at ease since they were forced to accept so many human beings into their confidence.
Ask for Lantern Yard, father--ask this gentleman with the tassels on his shoulders a-standing at the shop door; he isn't in a hurry like the rest," said Eppie, in some distress at her father's bewilderment, and ill at ease, besides, amidst the noise, the movement, and the multitude of strange indifferent faces.
Dorothy looked at the King when she heard this song and noticed that he seemed disturbed and ill at ease.
McGowan looked ill at ease and harassed--a condition opposed to his usual line of demeanour.
The one role in life in which I fancied you ill at ease you seem to fill to perfection.
It was the scholar, who, ill at ease, and greatly bored in his hiding-place, had succeeded in discovering there a stale crust and a triangle of mouldy cheese, and had set to devouring the whole without ceremony, by way of consolation and breakfast.
Equally ill at ease, they both took refuge in the commonplace phrases suggested by the occasion.
Twemlow has the air of being ill at ease, as he takes his hand from his forehead and replies.
Well, ain't that funny" Antonia stood ill at ease, and didn't seem to know just what to do with her visitor.
She seemed ill at ease on the piano stool, and he begged her to take the chair by the window.
The fool crop," responded Miranda tersely, and changed the subject, much to Jane's gratitude, for she had been nervous and ill at ease for the last fifteen minutes.
To her husband, it was evident that Mimi was ill at ease.