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[mal-uh-dee] /ˈmæl ə di/
noun, plural maladies.
any disorder or disease of the body, especially one that is chronic or deepseated.
any undesirable or disordered condition:
social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
Origin of malady
1200-50; Middle English maladie < Old French, equivalent to malade sick (< Late Latin male habitus literally, ill-conditioned; see mal-, habit) + -ie -y3
Can be confused
malady, melody.
1. illness, sickness, affliction, complaint, ailment, indisposition. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for malady
  • Incidents of special needs are growing, and putting up a special building for each malady is not possible for most institutions.
  • Government statistics say about 4.4 million report having the malady in a given year.
  • Kidney stones are usually an adult malady, one that is notorious for causing excruciating pain — pain worse than childbirth.
  • This malady is, of course, stage fright.
  • If I'm right, then their "fundamental malady" is an inability to speak honestly.
  • Wade sat out with a sprained right wrist, the second time a malady kept him sidelined in the past week.
  • This is a very common malady these days.
  • But there is an opportunity to cure this malady.
  • He blames his attack on a sleep-related malady.
  • Talking about the symptoms of this malady will not help any of us.
British Dictionary definitions for malady


noun (pl) -dies
any disease or illness
any unhealthy, morbid, or desperate condition: a malady of the spirit
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin male habitus (unattested) in poor condition, from Latin male badly + habitus, from habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for malady

late 13c., from Old French maladie "sickness, illness, disease" (13c.), from malade "ill" (12c.), from Latin male habitus "doing poorly, feeling sick," literally "ill-conditioned," from male "badly" (see mal-) + habitus, past participle of habere "have, hold" (see habit). Related: Maladies.

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malady in Medicine

malady mal·a·dy (māl'ə-dē)
A disease, disorder, or ailment.

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