malady

[ 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.

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 confusedmalady melody
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British Dictionary definitions for malady

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

malady

[ mălə-dē ]

n.

A disease, disorder, or ailment.
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