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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.
malady (plural maladies)
- Any ailment or disease of the body; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder.
- a. 1812, Joseph Stevens Buckminster, It is Good for Me, that I have been Afflicted (sermon)
- The maladies of the body may prove medicines of the mind.
- A moral or mental defect or disorder.
a disease, illness, or other health disorder
- malady in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Douglas Harper, “malady”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
- Alternative form of