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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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 In addition to trying to keep pace with the increasing almond acreage, beekeepers are struggling to prevent their colonies from succumbing to a multitude of maladies—mites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, pesticides—often simultaneously. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 Over the past several years, studies have implicated the community of bacteria in the human gut in pretty much every terrifying malady that cannot currently be reliably prevented or cured (see: autism, cancer, neurodegenerative disease). Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Medicine Lives in Your Gut," 23 May 2019 Legionnaires’ is a flu-like malady caused by inhaling water vapor infected with Legionella bacteria. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "Audit: Slow Legionnaires’ response at Illinois veterans home," 25 Mar. 2019 Using Amazon’s algorithms, Alexa will answer voice questions from users about common maladies such as the flu or chickenpox with information verified by the National Health Service., "GE employees in Lynn reject contract," 11 July 2019 Using Amazon’s algorithms, Alexa can answer voice questions from users about common maladies such as the flu or chickenpox with information verified by the National Health Service. Washington Post, "UK health service to use Amazon Alexa to give medical advice," 11 July 2019 This is only the latest malady caused by smartphones. Rani Molla, Vox, "Recode Daily: Slack’s direct listing is a victory for Silicon Valley over Wall Street," 21 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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