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adjective worse, worst
1.characterized by, causing, or tending to cause harm or evil; specif.,
a.morally bad or wrong; evil ill repute
b.causing pain, hardship, etc.; adverse ill fortune
c.not kind or friendly; harsh; cruel ill will
d.promising trouble; unfavorable; unfortunate; unpropitious an ill omen
2.not healthy, normal, or well; having a disease; sick; indisposed
3.not according to rule, custom, desirability, etc.; faulty; imperfect ill breeding
Etymology: ME < ON illr (replacing OE yfel, evil, in many senses): prob. < Gmc *ilhila < IE base *elk-, hungry, bad > OIr elc, bad
anything causing harm, trouble, wrong, pain, unhappiness, etc.; specif.,
1.an evil or misfortune
adverb worse, worst
1.in an ill manner; specif.,
a.badly; wrongly; improperly; imperfectly ill-gotten gains
b.harshly; cruelly; unkindly ill-spoken
2.with difficulty; scarcely they can ill afford to refuse
Ion -- completed by Doolittle during her five-month analysis by Freud -- also rests on the idea of an infant being abandoned by its mother, then surviving to confront her as an adult. Kreousa, queen of Athens, has been seduced by the god Apollo and bears his son, Ion. Knowing nothing of his lineage, he's raised by priestesses of Apollo at Delphi and eventually becomes the guardian of the shrine, home of the famous oracle. After some years Kreousa and her husband, Xouthos, who are childless, come to Delphi hoping the god will help them. Apollo gives them Ion but lies and says that he's Xouthos' biological child, not Kreousa's. Jealous and bitter because she thinks the boy isn't hers, Kreousa attempts to have Ion murdered, and Ion's attraction to her turns to enmity. But instead of a tragic matricide or infanticide, Euripides delivers a seemingly tacked-on happy ending that's long perplexed scholars: was the playwright trying to excuse Apollo's deception or criticize the cruelty of the god and his oracle?