Definition of malady in English:



  • 1A disease or ailment.

    ‘an incurable malady’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the years, curcumin has gained much attention in the scientific world for its benefits on maladies including HIV, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Many members used to be troubled by various chronic or acute maladies such as arthritis, stomach disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.’
    • ‘Maybe mad cow disease is the malady I have - perfect that a Hindu would get it.’
    • ‘Regular physical malady we diagnose the ailment and develop a course of treatment.’
    • ‘He aged with dignity despite kidney disease and other maladies.’
    • ‘Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a new name for an old malady.’
    • ‘Salversan also proved effective against other maladies such as yaws.’
    • ‘He was Prince John, the youngest son of George V, born in 1905 and afflicted with the dreaded malady of kings - epilepsy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was emphatic that chickenpox was not a milder version of smallpox and that the two were distinct maladies.’
    • ‘Pack medicine for common travel maladies such as diarrhea, headaches and allergies.’
    • ‘Cancer has become the most threatening malady next to cardiovascular diseases.’
    • ‘In spite of well-publicized increases in obesity, diabetes and other maladies, Americans in general are living longer, healthier lives.’
    • ‘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?’
    illness, sickness, ailment, disorder, complaint, disease, infection, indisposition, affliction, infirmity
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    1. 1.1 A serious problem.
      ‘the nation's maladies’
      • ‘This malady becomes even more serious since Gujarat is just one limb of the body called India.’
      • ‘You might think that question a bit apocalyptic - we're only talking about litter, after all - but I see the problem as symptomatic of a wider malady.’
      • ‘Hence, our hero decided to seek out technicians and soothsayers, wizards and computer persons who could solve the puzzle of this malady affecting the mighty computer.’
      • ‘Then is there a serious malady that demands immediate attention?’
      • ‘It is this same malady that underlies the diverse problems facing us today.’
      • ‘The United States is waking up from a serious malady.’


Middle English: from Old French maladie, from malade ‘sick’, based on Latin male ‘ill’ + habitus ‘having (as a condition)’.