from The Century Dictionary.

  • Set or disposed to evil; ill-natured; spiteful.
  • Having the type incorrectly set; ill-printed.


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  • Lady Pen, with her old-fashioned, ill-set diamonds, and my Lady Binks, with the new-fashioned finery which she swopt her character for.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • His right forearm and leg were no longer bent in ill-set lines.

    The Coelura

  • And sure enough, his articles were bitter and ill-set to a high degree.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 48, October, 1861

  • There are not many things more disagreeable than a very stupid and ill-set old woman, who, quite unaware what her opinion is worth, expresses it with entire confidence upon many subjects of which she knows nothing whatever, and as to which she is wholly incapable of judging.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 58, August, 1862

  • The cook-stove in the corner, with its ill-set stovepipe passing out of a hole in the wall which had been crudely covered with tin to keep out the draughts in winter.

    The Forfeit

  • {22} Mrs. Gaskell had described Charlotte Bronte's features as 'plain, large, and ill-set,' and had written of her 'crooked mouth and large nose' -- while acknowledging the beauty of hair and eyes.

    Charlotte Brontë and Her Circle

  • His orderly brain and brilliant wit re-arranged and rendered resplendent the ill-placed and ill-set thoughts of other men.

    Obiter Dicta Second Series

  • _ Such an admission would have proved him to be a Christian himself, in which case the passage under consideration, too long for a Jew, would have been far too short for a believer in the new religion, and thus the passage stands forth, like an ill-set jewel, contrasting most inharmoniously with everything around it.

    The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II. Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History

  • He hasna gotten sleep for twa nichts, an 'he's fair pitten by himsel' wi 'thae ill-set

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • A minute or two later we rounded the point referred to, and, the creek widening out considerably, we began to feel the true breeze, when the schooner, even under the short and ill-set canvas we had been able to give her, at once increased her speed to about six knots.

    The Congo Rovers A Story of the Slave Squadron


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