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

Examples of malady in a Sentence

in the olden days people were always suffering from some unknown malady
Recent Examples on the Web For those investigating the mysterious malady, that’s a real problem. Erin Prater, Fortune, 4 June 2022 Another way to predict which way my patient may be headed is to look at another patient with the same malady, but who is a little further along in their disease course. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 12 May 2022 Not a poor choice of words but a much better nonmedical malady than what had been hanging over the event for a couple of years due to the pandemic. Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 For Noé, medical care is a sign not so much of individual ill health but of a society-wide malady—of clinging to life for the sake of time rather than quality, of living more rather than living well. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Entwined today with Covid is the age-old mental malady called cabin fever. The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 The former Auburn standout played in only one game during the 2020 season because of a back injury and missed 11 regular-season and three playoff games in the 2021 campaign with the same malady. Mark Inabinett |, al, 29 Mar. 2022 Mental illness is a complex malady, not something to fan-theorize over. Darren Franich,, 10 Mar. 2022 Weerasethakul develops a new choreography for the dance of love, the malady of love. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Malady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for malady


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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