• The Ass and the Sick Lion
    The Ass and the Sick Lion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sickness impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
    • n sickness the state that precedes vomiting
    • n sickness defectiveness or unsoundness "drugs have become a sickness they cannot cure","a great sickness of his judgment"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Oh, I Am Sick of Being a Puppet!" "Oh, I Am Sick of Being a Puppet!"
Food for the Sick Food for the Sick

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People do not get sick from cold weather. It is mostly from being indoors more.
    • Sickness Nausea; qualmishness; as, sickness of stomach.
    • Sickness The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness; sisease or malady. "I do lament the sickness of the king.""Trust not too much your now resistless charms;
      Those, age or sickness soon or late disarms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.
    • n sickness The state of being sick or suffering from disease; a diseased condition of the system; illness; ill health.
    • n sickness A disease; a malady; a particular kind of disorder.
    • n sickness A derangement or disturbance of the stomach, manifesting itself in nausea, retching, and vomiting: distinctively called sickness of the stomach.
    • n sickness A disordered, distracted, or enfeebled state of anything.
    • n sickness Synonyms and Ailment, etc. See illness and sick.
    • n sickness Disorder, distemper, complaint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
    • ns Sickness state of being sick, disease: disorder of the stomach: an enfeebled state of anything
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.”
  • Sidney Madwed
    Sidney Madwed
    “The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
  • Felix Frankfurter
    Felix Frankfurter
    “Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.”
  • William Golding
    William Golding
    “Childhood is a disease -- a sickness that you grow out of.”
  • George Leonard
    George Leonard
    “Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you'll be sick.”


Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
Sick and tired - If you are sick and tired of something, it has been going on for a long time and you can no longer tolerate it.
Sick as a dog - If somebody's as sick as a dog, they throw up (=vomit) violently.
Sick as a parrot - If someone's sick as a parrot about something, they are unhappy, disappointed or depressed about it.
Sick to death - If you are sick to death of something, you have been exposed to so much of it that you cannot take any more.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. seócness,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. seóc; Ger. siech, Dut. ziek.


In literature:

"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
I'm just a sick wreck.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Busy day; new tents 63, 552a, 50, 40, all with sick children except 552, where young man is very sick.
"Woman's Endurance" by A.D.L.
Heartsore and sick of blood.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
A sickly vegetation covered the field.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
One hint I would give to all who attend or visit the sick, to all who have to pronounce an opinion upon sickness or its progress.
"Notes on Nursing" by Florence Nightingale
Things which make us sick when we eat them, are poisons.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
Once, in the years of Jim's apprenticeship to life, there came over him a fit of soul-sickness that nearly proved his ruin.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
And then she was more than heart-sick; she was actually body-sick.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
And yet I think no one of his family is sick, nor do I know of any of his friends who are sick.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various

In poetry:

And haply, pleading long with Him
For sin-sick hearts and cold,
The angels of our childhood still
The Father's face behold.
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
—"To-morrow I attack thee, wight,"
Said Sickness. "Yet I swear
I bear thy little ark no spite,
But am bid enter there." IV
"The Subalterns" by Thomas Hardy
WINIFRED. I must go!
I have a brother at Festigniog, who
Is sick, and worse than sick, in grievous trouble;
He wants my help.
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer
"Now, sick'em, Don," the maiden cried,
"Now, sick'em, Don!" cried she;
Obedient Don at once complied -
As ordered, so did he.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
And she said the father in his arms
He held his sickly son,
And his dying throes they fast arose,
His pains were nearly done.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Just like a rose in early spring,
That blooms and withers in a day;
So thou, poor fragile sickly thing,
Was early call'd away.
"Requiescat In Pace. On The Death Of Caroline Millen Clark, Who Died 1st December, 1857." by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

No place to be sick .
Sick whale found in shallow water.
Steve Berry's tips for making your fake sick day believable .
Beowulf Reigns, While Cholera Looks Sick.
Sickly children and animals contrast with vibrant, healthy kids and livestock striding forward.
Set in 1348 England, the swords-and-sickness adventure takes place in the days of the * cough cough* bubonic plague that killed millions.
"It'll make you a sick.".
Dantzler fills in for sick teammate.
Susan Chang was young, her mother would make egg soup for her when she got sick.
Local punkers Sick Sense are on the bill, as are She's a Kreeper and Sound Preservation Society.
Fake sick day may cost your job.
We recently brought in our first batch of slightly sick kittens.
I feel sick that newspapers are dying, but don't worry, it's not Lady Gaga sick.
Jeffrey Donovan, 45, has never taken a sick day from work.
Addicts often don't ask for help like other sick people do, since they enjoy and even seek out the "high" from the drugs they take.

In science:

Rather than indicating that the theory is sick, it just shows that the usual vacuum is unstable.
Bosonic M Theory
This result confirms that absence of the conformal sickness noticed by Loll in the lorentzian lattice models.
GR16: Quantum General Relativity
The sickness of the model at θ = 0 is a consequence of the fact that the bare string tension has no zeros .
Self-Intersection Numbers and Random Surfaces on the Lattice
However, after the second summer, the virus had changed, and the most common strain had a reduced virulence, with 70-95% fatality, and a typical sickness duration of three weeks or longer.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
During this period I had a sick feeling, knowing what was coming, knowing what was part of our history.
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Semantic Orientation Applied to Unsupervised Classification of Reviews