malady

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From Middle English maladie, from Old French maladie (sickness, illness, disease), from malade (ill, sick), from Latin male habitus (ill-kept, not in good condition), 1st century AD. See also malice and habit.

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malady (plural maladies)

  1. Any ailment or disease of the body; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder.
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnet CXVIII
      As, to prevent our maladies unseen, / We sicken to shun sickness when we purge.
    • Buckminster
      The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind.
  2. A moral or mental defect or disorder.
    • John Dryden
      Love's a malady without a cure.

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