• enPR: măl'ə-dē, IPA: /ˈmæl.ə.di/

malady (plural maladies)

  1. Any ailment or disease of the body; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet CXVIII”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before Imprinted, London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, OCLC 216596634 ↗:
      As, to prevent our maladies unseen, / We sicken to shun sickness when we purge.
    • The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind.
  2. A moral or mental defect or disorder.
    • Love's a malady without a cure.
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