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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-, habit1) + -ie -y3
Can be confused
malady, melody.
1. illness, sickness, affliction, complaint, ailment, indisposition. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • These maladies can be made even worse in bad weather or if you have to catch a connecting flight.
  • Lung and heart diseases are the principal killers, but smoking contributes to a broad range of other maladies.
  • Climate change has accelerated the spread of dengue fever and other tropical maladies, such as malaria, borne by mosquitoes.
  • It is not a single disorder, but can be a symptom of several maladies, with different treatments.
  • For maladies as common as influenza, the best strategy against illness is vaccination.
  • She is surrounded by the heartache of those who show up grappling with the oldest of maladies: no money.
British Dictionary definitions for maladies


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 maladies



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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maladies in Medicine

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

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