sickness

sickness
noun
1 (U) the state of being ill; illness: an insurance policy against long-term sickness and injury | working days lost due to sickness
2 (U) the feeling that you are about to bring up food from your stomach; nausea: A wave of sickness came over him. | morning sickness (=sickness that some women get when they are going to have a baby) | travel/car/sea/air sickness (=sickness that some people get while travelling)
3 (C) a particular illness: They died within a few days of each other, probably from a sickness like the plague.
4 (U) the serious problems and weaknesses of a social, political, or economic system: He said the idea of `success' was part of the sickness of Western cultures.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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