- The definition of a malady is a disease, ailment or unpleasant condition.
An example of a malady is an illness.
This woman suffers from a malady.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English maladie from Old French from malade, sick from Vulgar Latin male habitus, badly kept, out of condition: see mal- and amp; habit
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noun pl. mal·a·dies
- A disease, a disorder, or an ailment.
- An unwholesome condition: the malady of discontent.
Origin: Middle English maladie, from Old French, from malade, sick, from Latin male habitus, in poor condition : male, badly; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots + habitus, past participle of habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
malady - Medical Definition