[ mal-uh-dee ]
/ ˈmæl ə di /

noun, plural mal·a·dies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. maladjusted,
  2. maladjustment,
  3. maladminister,
  4. maladministration,
  5. maladroit,
  6. malaga,
  7. malagasy,
  8. malagasy republic,
  9. malaguena,
  10. malagueña

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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British Dictionary definitions for malady


/ (ˈmælədɪ) /

noun plural -dies

any disease or illness
any unhealthy, morbid, or desperate conditiona malady of the spirit

Word Origin for malady

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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Medicine definitions for malady


[ mălə-dē ]


A disease, disorder, or ailment.

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