sickliness (usually uncountable, plural sicklinesses)
- The state or characteristic of weakness, incapacity, or physical distress due to poor health, especially of a chronic nature.
- c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, act 2, scene 1:
- I do beseech your majesty, impute his words
- To wayward sickliness and age in him.
- 1843, Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, chapter 9:
- Gradually it gave place to a smile; a feeble, helpless, melancholy smile; bland, almost to sickliness.
- 1847, Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey, chapter 7:
- My devotions were disturbed with a feeling of languor and sickliness, and the tormenting fear of its becoming worse: and a depressing headache was generally my companion throughout the day.
the state or characteristic of weakness, incapacity, or physical distress due to poor health