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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The statement of claim filed in Canada’s federal court in Toronto is the latest development in the case of serious, unexplained maladies affecting both Canadian and U.S. diplomats in Havana. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Diplomats Sue Government Over So-Called Havana Syndrome," 7 Feb. 2019 However, this malady extends beyond the workplace, messing with homemakers, students and even retirees. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 The abruptness and mysteriousness of this strange new malady—which scientists came to call Colony Collapse Disorder—captured imaginations and made front-page news all over the world. Hannah Nordhaus, WSJ, "‘Buzz’ and ‘Our Native Bees’ Review: Give Bees a Chance," 12 July 2018 For farm workers, delivery personnel, and construction crews, high temperatures can also mean heat exhaustion and related maladies. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Extreme heat has already killed several outdoor workers this summer, and climate change will heat waves more costly.," 27 July 2018 Why has Hawking lived so long with this malady when so many other people die so soon after diagnosis? Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, "How Has Stephen Hawking Lived Past 70 with ALS?," 7 Jan. 2012 Consumers are increasingly looking to alternatives to manufactured products for everyday maladies — and essential oils are saturating the market. USA TODAY, "Essential oils, golden milk and moon dust: Natural products are the new must-have wellness trend," 25 Apr. 2018 Other maladies are also projected to get worse as the climate changes. Umair Irfan, Vox, "3 big takeaways from the major new US climate report," 24 Nov. 2018 Many of the migrants sought treatment for blistered and aching feet, respiratory infections, diarrhea and other maladies. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Aid arrives for migrants at Mexico City stadium as US votes," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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