sickness

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sikness, from Old English sēocnes. Synchronically analyzable as sick +‎ -ness.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪknɪs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪknɪs
  • Hyphenation: sick‧ness

NounEdit

sickness (usually uncountable, plural sicknesses)

  1. The quality or state of being sick or diseased; illness.
  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, “§ 4.7”, in Quirky Case in Icelandic:
      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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