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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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  • Gotre and other maladies arising from insufficient diet have disappeared.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It by no means follows, that he must wait for one or other of these maladies to carry him off.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • Was it his fault that the doctors could not cure their maladies?

  • I have gout, asthma, and seven other maladies, but am otherwise very well.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • The most prevalent of these maladies are spinal curvature and myopia.

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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