- 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
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1. illness, sickness, affliction, complaint, ailment, indisposition.
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Examples from the Web for malady
Some places (like Syria) are prone to this malady, and others (like America) are not.Who Shrunk America?
September 5, 2013
Nobody would hold up the single outpost of Moo Cluck Moo as a cure for the malady of low wages.A Fast-Food Joint Thrives, Even by Paying $12 an Hour
August 2, 2013
But the burnout described in this and so many other articles is not really a malady.Study Says Doctors More Burned Out Than Others, But It’s Not Really a Malady
August 23, 2012
A solution, however, requires some consensus about what the malady is and how to treat it.Colorado Blazes Remind Us That National Policy on Fire Needs a Fix
Stephen J. Pyne
June 29, 2012
A conservative JournoList would hardly be the cure for that malady, if we can call it that.What Liberal Bloggers Can Teach the Right
July 24, 2010
The surgeon was in constant attendance, but the malady baffled all his skill.Brave and Bold
Life, that would fain be a melody, seems here almost a malady.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
I look with confidence to her malady as my triumphant vindication.
This was a malady which had not been mentioned at the medical college.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
She was wearier now than ever before, for there was no cure for her malady.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- any disease or illness
- any unhealthy, morbid, or desperate conditiona 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
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Word Origin and History for malady
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A disease, disorder, or ailment.
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