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does"nillness" mean "denial?"

“She wuz depressed. Yeah, she wuz on stuff for it. Like me. Sometimes it jus’ takes you over. It’s an illness,” she said, although she made the words sound like “it’s uh nillness.”
Nillness, thought Strike, for a second distracted. He had slept badly. Nillness, that was where Lula Landry had gone, and where all of them, he and Rochelle included, were headed. Sometimes illness turned slowly to nillness, as was happening to Bristow’s mother…sometimes nillness rose to meet you out of nowhere, like a concrete road slamming your skull apart.

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    "Nillness", as you've read, is an invented word from how someone said "an illness". However, we can understand it this way:

    Nil = nothing, zero

    -ness = a state of being

    (The double-L spelling connects it with the original words: an illness.)

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