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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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  • But she was attacked at once with grave and alarming symptoms, that betokened a fatal end to her malady.

  • Cook himself was dangerously ill, though he concealed his malady from the crew.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • I had heard something regarding the peculiar nature of your malady, but I had no idea it was so marked as that.

    At the Time Appointed A. Maynard Barbour
  • This malady was propagated annually by the parasitic spores.

  • Those substances that are known to destroy the insect that produces the itch, cure the malady.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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