Since words have multiple meanings, the context of a word often provides clues to its meaning better than the dictionary's definition. In the following lines from Anna Bradstreet's poem "To Her Father with some Verses," what is the best definition for 'ILL"?
Most truly honored, and as truly dear,
If worth in me or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same
Than may your worthy self from whom it came?
The principal might yield a greater sum,
Yet handled ILL, amounts but to this crumb;
My stock's so small I know not how to pay,
My bond remains in force unto this day.