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 Some readers may be familiar with Morton’s neuroma, a highly painful malady that often manifests itself between the toes and may make walking difficult. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 This was in response to a question about why Perkins went undrafted — the next malady to afflict his career. Ethan Sears, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The malady is thought to be transmitted to people from fruit bats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 These literally fell of the bone, and were not greasy, a malady which often impacts chicken wings. Matt Wake |, al, 5 Aug. 2021 Korey Stringer's sudden death at age 27 was not from a heart attack, a broken neck or an undetected genetic malady. Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Political and economic tyranny are symptoms of the same malady. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 23 July 2021 One of the great governmental marvels of the past 40 years was the Federal Reserve’s complete conquest of this malady. Steve Chapman,, 11 June 2021 Six miners became ill with a mystery malady in 2012 after clearing bat guano from a mine in southwest China, and three died. al, 25 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of malady

: 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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