sickness
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈsɪknɪs/
Noun

sickness (uncountable)

  1. The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness.
    I do lament the sickness of the king. -William Shakespeare
    Trust not too much your now resistless charms; Those, age or sickness soon or late disarms. -Alexander Pope.
    Sickness is a dangerous indulgence at my time of life. -Jane Austen.
  2. Nausea; qualmishness; as, sickness of stomach.
  3. (linguistics) The analogical misuse of a rarer or marked grammatical case in the place of a more common or unmarked case.
    • 1997. Michael B. Smith. Quirky Case in Icelandic, § 4.7
      We can now return to the question of how we treat the phenomenon of dative sickness (the possibility of substituting dative in place of accusative on the experiencer nominal) in Icelandic.
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