malady mal"a*dy (m[a^]l"[.a]*d[y^]), n.; pl. {Maladies} (m[a^]l"[.a]*d[i^]z). [F. maladie, fr. malade ill, sick, OF. also, malabde, fr. L. male habitus, i. e., ill-kept, not in good condition. See {Malice}, and {Habit}.] 1. Any disease of the human body; a distemper, disorder, or indisposition, proceeding from impaired, defective, or morbid organic functions; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder. [1913 Webster]

The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

2. A moral or mental defect or disorder. [1913 Webster]

Love's a malady without a cure. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Disorder; distemper; sickness; ailment; disease; illness. See {Disease}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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