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noun, plural mal·a·dies.
  1. any disorder or disease of the body, especially one that is chronic or deepseated.
  2. any undesirable or disordered condition: social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
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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
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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 plural -dies
  1. any disease or illness
  2. any unhealthy, morbid, or desperate conditiona malady of the spirit
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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


  1. A disease, disorder, or ailment.
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