malady

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Husband feels buried by wife's hoarding," 26 Mar. 2021 Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family," 28 Mar. 2021 Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding disorder may bury the family," 28 Mar. 2021 The moral and existential danger of tiredness is a widespread modern malady, but an unusual literary subject. New York Times, "Tillie Olsen Captured the Toll of Women’s Labor — on Their Lives and Art," 25 Mar. 2021 Alexander Radulov was out with a lower-body injury, just days after missing 15 games with a lower-body malady. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Next man up: Stars earn badly needed points vs. Detroit despite the absences of multiple key players," 20 Mar. 2021 Eric Paschall has lost his feel around the basket — perhaps a passing malady, but a source of concern right now. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors reportedly interested in Blake Griffin. Does that make sense to anyone?," 6 Mar. 2021 Though Porter’s nystagmus seemed to match this centuries-old malady, Kaski said the historical insight did not give him any idea of how to treat her condition. Rebecca Sohn, STAT, "With chronic migraines, she avoided light for 18 months — and developed a condition from centuries past," 22 Feb. 2021 Information about a man who was treated for the same malady was released in January. Aj Willingham, CNN, "2020 was the year of scary bugs, and 2021 will be even worse," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of malady was in the 13th century

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14 Apr 2021

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“Malady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malady. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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malady

noun

English Language Learners Definition of malady

formal : a disease or illness

malady

noun
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

malady

noun
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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