mal·​a·​dy | \ ˈma-lə-dē How to pronounce malady (audio) \
plural maladies

Definition of malady

1 : a disease or disorder of the animal body told by his physicians that he had a fatal malady— Willa Cather
2 : an unwholesome or disordered condition poverty, homelessness, and other social maladies

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Examples of malady in a Sentence

in the olden days people were always suffering from some unknown malady

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Athletes usually want to seek as many opinions as possible on a malady, and some are inherently distrustful of team medical staffs. Globe Staff,, "Gronk has a good point: Athletes should be allowed to use CBD," 28 Aug. 2019 The margin for error is too thin — especially when the offense moves at one speed, can't dig itself out of holes and can become too predictable, all maladies that infected Michigan's previous offense in big games. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football outlook 2019: More points needed. Now.," 25 Aug. 2019 Among the human body’s many maladies, few have stumped medical researchers like those that decimate the brain. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Antisense Drugs for Huntington’s, ALS and Prion Diseases Could Meet the Dire Need for Brain Treatments," 15 Aug. 2019 Watching the series felt like receiving a diagnosis for a subtle but devastating malady, one that’s hard for those not afflicted to appreciate, or even believe. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 Stanton, who’s played in just three games this year due to shoulder and leg maladies, is at the tail-end of a rehab assignment and should join the Yankees at the beginning of next week. Jon Tayler,, "What Does Edwin Encarnacion Trade Mean for the Yankees and the AL Playoff Race?," 15 June 2019 The cool climes brought the colonizers relief, and the bracing mountain air was just the ticket for the injured, infirm and those suffering from tropical maladies. Payal Dhar, Washington Post, "Keep your cool in India by visiting one of the country’s hill stations," 5 July 2019 Cancer is still, and has been for a long time, the emperor of all maladies. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Medicine in Space: What Microgravity Can Tell Us about Human Health," 7 Aug. 2019 Nearly half the players pictured are dealing with various maladies entering Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "As Warriors’ injuries mount, Stephen Curry is picking up more of the slack," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of malady

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for malady

Middle English maladie, from Anglo-French, from malade sick, from Latin male habitus in bad condition

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English Language Learners Definition of malady

formal : a disease or illness


mal·​a·​dy | \ ˈma-lə-dē How to pronounce malady (audio) \
plural maladies

Kids Definition of malady

: a disease or disorder of the body or mind


mal·​a·​dy | \ ˈmal-əd-ē How to pronounce malady (audio) \
plural maladies

Medical Definition of malady

: disease, sickness a fatal malady

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