Definition of malady noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmælədi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmælədi//
    (pl. maladies) Being ill
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  1. 1(formal) a serious problem synonym ill Violent crime is only one of the maladies afflicting modern society.
  2. 2(old use) an illness See related entries: Being ill
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French maladie, from malade ‘sick’, based on Latin male ‘ill’ + habitus ‘having (as a condition)’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: malady