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

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Using Amazon’s algorithms, Alexa will answer voice questions from users about common maladies such as the flu or chickenpox with information verified by the National Health Service. BostonGlobe.com, "GE employees in Lynn reject contract," 11 July 2019 Using Amazon’s algorithms, Alexa can answer voice questions from users about common maladies such as the flu or chickenpox with information verified by the National Health Service. Washington Post, "UK health service to use Amazon Alexa to give medical advice," 11 July 2019 This is only the latest malady caused by smartphones. Rani Molla, Vox, "Recode Daily: Slack’s direct listing is a victory for Silicon Valley over Wall Street," 21 June 2019 Many cannot afford to pay the $2 for a course of 21 pills or do not diagnose the malady in time. The Economist, "Eastern Congo has the world’s largest quinine plantations," 8 June 2019 Health seekers hoped to recover from tuberculosis and other maladies. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "250 years of San Diego," 30 June 2019 During Lenglen's final days, pernicious anemia was one of just several maladies mentioned in stories about her. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019 Harder to grasp are health impacts from microscopic particles in the smoke that can trigger heart attacks, breathing problems and other maladies. CBS News, "Smoke from wildfires increases health risks for millions of Americans," 25 June 2019 Harder to grasp are health impacts from microscopic particles in the smoke that can trigger heart attacks, breathing problems and other maladies. Washington Post, "Jump in wildfires means smoke’s health impact will spread," 25 June 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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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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