ill health

A state of illness, or bad health.

I have to cancel my holidays due to continuing ill health. <!I make this entry as idiomatic as the term is confusing for English L2 speakers, because "bad health" is expected. The coupling of "ill" + "health" is contradictory.


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  • ill health — noun uncount a state of health that is not good, especially over a long period: Johnson was plagued by ill health throughout his life …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • ill health — N UNCOUNT Someone who suffers from ill health has an illness or keeps being ill. He was forced to retire because of ill health... As a child she had suffered regular bouts of ill health …   English dictionary

  • ill-health — Synonyms and related words: cachexia, cachexy, chronic ill health, debilitation, debility, decrepitude, delicacy, delicate health, enervation, exhaustion, feebleness, fragility, frailty, healthlessness, hypochondria, hypochondriasis, infirmity,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • ill health — UK / US noun [uncountable] a state of health that is not good, especially over a long period Johnson was plagued by ill health throughout his life …   English dictionary

  • ill health — /ɪl ˈhɛlθ / (say il helth) noun an unsound or disordered condition of health. Also, ill health …   Australian English dictionary

  • ill health — noun a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑unhealthiness, ↑health problem • Ant: ↑good health • Derivationally related forms: ↑unhealthy ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • ill health — noun poor physical or mental condition …   English new terms dictionary

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