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.

1200–50; Middle English maladie < Old French, equivalent to malade sick (< Late Latin male habitus literally, ill-conditioned; see mal-, habit) + -ie -y3

malady, melody.

1. illness, sickness, affliction, complaint, ailment, indisposition. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To maladies
World English Dictionary
malady (ˈmælədɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  any disease or illness
2.  any unhealthy, morbid, or desperate condition: a malady of the spirit
[C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin male habitus (unattested) in poor condition, from Latin male badly + habitus, from habēre to have]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. maladie "sickness, illness, disease," from malade "ill," from L. male habitus "doing poorly, feeling sick," lit. "ill-conditioned," from male "badly" (see mal-) + habitus, pp. of habere "have, hold" (see habit). Related: Maladies.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Yet he certainly had a preoccupation with his own various health maladies.
And doctors commonly mistake other maladies for brown recluse spider bites.
Significantly shorter and they're more likely than us whites to die of easily
  treatable maladies.
Some maladies are rich and precious and only to be acquired by the right of
  inheritance or purchased with gold.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature