Ill and Unhealthy


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Ill adjective – Causing or capable of causing harm.
Usage example: one of the ill effects of winter weather is the rapid spread of germs as people spend more time together indoors

Unhealthy is a synonym for ill in sick topic. In some cases you can use "Unhealthy" instead the word "Ill" as an adjective or an adverb, when it comes to topics like bad, health, unwell, diseased. popular alternative
Nearby Word: illness
Synonyms for Ill


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Unhealthy adjective – Involving potential loss or injury.
Usage example: criticism of the military dictatorship has proved to be unhealthy for several of that nation's journalists

Ill is a synonym for unhealthy in sick topic. You can use "Ill" instead the word "Unhealthy" as an adjective or an adverb, if it concerns topics such as diseased, impaired, unsound, ill-looking. popular alternative
Nearby Word: unhealthily
Synonyms for Unhealthy

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  • At the other end of his tenure, he begins looking noticeably unhealthy in his very last stories (from "State of Decay" onwards) due to being in ill health - again, this works, as it highlights his upcoming regeneration and new, moodier personality.
    Source: Cue Irony
  • This, coupled with the fact that they tried to ignore the incident to a clearly-unhealthy degree, results in the father's disappearance and the mother killing her son's drug dealer after the latter made an ill-timed pass at her.
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