Definition of malady in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmalədē/ /ˈmælədi/

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  • A disease or ailment.

    ‘an incurable malady’
    • ‘the nation's maladies’
    • ‘Over the years, curcumin has gained much attention in the scientific world for its benefits on maladies including HIV, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Since fiber also helps prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other maladies, you should be screaming for fiber by now.’
    • ‘Why spend a lot of money hunting down the cause of an incurable malady when it isn't going to make any difference in the outcome?’
    • ‘Health specialists have called for a shift in the focus and urge on the need for considerable attention to skin diseases in addition to acute maladies like heart diseases and cancer.’
    • ‘When Nora was still a toddler, Woody began to succumb to Huntington's Disease, the hereditary malady that killed his mother.’
    • ‘Maybe mad cow disease is the malady I have - perfect that a Hindu would get it.’
    • ‘He aged with dignity despite kidney disease and other maladies.’
    • ‘Many members used to be troubled by various chronic or acute maladies such as arthritis, stomach disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.’
    • ‘Pack medicine for common travel maladies such as diarrhea, headaches and allergies.’
    • ‘Regular physical malady we diagnose the ailment and develop a course of treatment.’
    • ‘The clinician must look for tuberculosis, and confirm or exclude this treatable malady in any patient who presents with gastrointestinal disease.’
    • ‘Then there is the mysterious malady called brain fever, which always attacks the heroine after a crisis, but which is unknown under that name to the textbooks.’
    • ‘One is able to regard the country as very healthy, despite the regrettable maladies that frequently afflict it in the form of plague, dysentery and small pox.’
    • ‘He was Prince John, the youngest son of George V, born in 1905 and afflicted with the dreaded malady of kings - epilepsy.’
    • ‘In spite of well-publicized increases in obesity, diabetes and other maladies, Americans in general are living longer, healthier lives.’
    • ‘Salversan also proved effective against other maladies such as yaws.’
    • ‘Cancer has become the most threatening malady next to cardiovascular diseases.’
    • ‘Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a new name for an old malady.’
    • ‘He was emphatic that chickenpox was not a milder version of smallpox and that the two were distinct maladies.’
    illness, sickness, ailment, disorder, complaint, disease, infection, indisposition, affliction, infirmity
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Middle English from Old French maladie, from malade ‘sick’, based on Latin male ‘ill’ + habitus ‘having (as a condition)’.