malady

noun mal·a·dy \ ˈma-lə-dē \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of malady

plural maladies
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of malady

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


MALADY Defined for English Language Learners

malady

noun

Definition of malady for English Language Learners

  • : a disease or illness


MALADY Defined for Kids

malady

noun mal·a·dy \ ˈma-lə-dē \

Definition of malady for Students

plural maladies
: a disease or disorder of the body or mind

Medical Dictionary

malady

noun mal·a·dy \ ˈmal-əd-ē \

medical Definition of malady

plural maladies
: disease, sickness
  • a fatal malady


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