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.
malady (plural maladies)
- Any ailment or disease of the body; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder.
- The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind. Buckminster.
- A moral or mental defect or disorder.
- Love's a malady without a cure. Dryden.
a disease, illness, or other health disorder