Meaning of English disease in English:

English disease

Pronunciation /ˈɪŋ(ɡ)lɪʃ dɪˌziːz/


  • 1 historical Any of various diseases or conditions thought to be prevalent in England, especially rickets. Frequently with the. Compare "English sickness".

  • 2Any of various supposed disorders of the English economy, society, or foreign policy.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From English + disease.