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"I felt a little ill and called Dr. Symmachus.
Well, you came, Symmachus, but you brought 100 medical students with you.
One hundred ice-cold hands poked and jabbed me.
I didn't have a fever, Symmachus, when I called you –but now I do.
--Book V, No. 9 of The Epigrams, Martial

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  1. Suffering from a disease.
    I've been ill with the flu for the past few days.
  2. Having an urge to vomit.
    Seeing those pictures made me ill.
  3. Bad, often connoting abuse or neglect.
    He suffered from ill treatment.
  4. Sublime, with the connotation of being so in a singularly creative way. [This sense sometimes declines in AAVE as ill, comparative iller, superlative illest.]
    Biggie Smalls is the illest / Your style is played out, like Arnold wonderin "Whatchu talkin bout, Willis?" — Biggie Smalls, The What, 1994.
  5. Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.
    That band was ill.

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