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 In addition to unclogging the plumbing of the nation’s financial system, the U.S. Federal Reserve struck a blow against a persistent malady. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "A Friday for Nursing Losses and Dispelling Superstitions," 13 Mar. 2020 The junior forward — a pivotal figure on both ends of the court — has not seemed right since his return from his latest injury, a right ankle malady suffered against Indiana on Feb. 16. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball at Maryland: Scouting report, prediction," 7 Mar. 2020 And turnovers, a malady that's found this team at one inopportune stretch or another, robbing all momentum, weren't as much of a factor. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball snaps 4-game skid behind Devonte Green's hot shooting," 14 Feb. 2020 To yield to the soft tyranny of transgender pronouns is to pretend that gender dysphoria is an anodyne lifestyle on which societal legitimacy should be conferred, not a psychological malady requiring compassion and psychological treatment. Josh Hammer, National Review, "The Fifth Circuit Rejects the Lie of Transgender Pronouns," 27 Jan. 2020 The virus, which today can be controlled with drugs, attacks the body’s immune system, leaving it vulnerable to an array of maladies such as the skin disorder Kaposi’s Sarcoma or the rare pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Washington Post, "The Library of Congress will house the archives of the famous AIDS quilt," 21 Nov. 2019 But after a few months and showing initiative fixing coin jams, a common arcade game malady, Winter moved into bonus round as a tech. Matt Wake |, al, "Meet Alabama’s new pinball wizards," 5 Mar. 2020 Brogdon will miss his 13th game, for maladies including strep throat (one), a jammed left pinkie on his non-shooting had (one) and a sore lower back (10). J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers put Malcolm Brogdon in concussion protocol; he will miss game vs. Warriors," 24 Jan. 2020 Scientists found that that the Chinese man’s odd malady stems from gut bacteria that synthesize alcohol from his meals. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Microbe that got man drunk could help explain common liver disease," 19 Sep. 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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The first known use of malady was in the 13th century

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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Malady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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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