One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with negative Wish someone harm.
- ‘And I don't bear ill will to anybody, as well as I don't bear it to myself.’
- ‘If one therefore bore ill will towards someone then it follows that we would wish to injure them, and our intention towards them would be destructive or evil.’
- ‘Like most power struggles, the end result is that someone ‘loses’ and bears ill will from that point onward.’
- ‘The athlete might pray humbly to perform with dignity, not to disparage or bear ill will toward opponents, and to set a positive example.’
- ‘We do not know whether Boyd bore ill will toward the woman, but it is possible that he did not.’
- ‘But I don't know one veteran in my chapter who bears ill will against the Vietnamese people.’
- ‘If by that we mean a person who bears ill will toward Jews, and who, if given an opportunity, would harm the Jewish people, the answer is clearly no.’
- ‘Attell said it was cooling cocoa butter and, for many years, bore ill will towards Kilbane for this charge, which Kilbane often repeated.’
- ‘If Joseph bore ill will toward them did they really think they would win him over with a bag of pistachio nuts?’
- ‘But thenceforth he bore ill will towards Rollant; it seemed to him that he would never be happy while he lived because of the disgrace he had brought upon him.’
- ‘This tale turns on the assumption that the thieves bear ill will towards their victims, and the convenient explanation is the difference in race.’
- ‘If you bear me malice, wish me the opposite of luck, whatever that might be: destiny or skill, I suppose!’
- ‘And among my acquaintances who ended up in Vietnam, none bore ill will or felt betrayed by civilian anti-war protest.’
- ‘Geser tells a tale about the Virgin of Byzantium to whom somebody bore ill will and put a spell.’
- ‘Searching for some solace, some clue that would let him know she had been happy with him, she had not bore ill will for him, that she loved him unconditionally.’
- ‘I should not bear ill will even against those those who have offended against me, and I must avoid getting into a rage, and I must make a firm effort in that direction.’
- ‘I may or may not bear ill will toward the law school on whose waitlist I currently languish, behind individuals whose qualifications are, at best, questionably superior to my own.’
- ‘It should be obvious, but perhaps deserves mentioning, that none bore ill will toward the UN; none wanted the Security Council to fail in reaching a consensus.’
- ‘I did not like his looks at any time, and lately especially he had seemed to bear me malice.’
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