What does malady mean?

Definitions for malady
ˈmæl ə dimal·a·dy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word malady.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. maladynoun

    any unwholesome or desperate condition

    "what maladies afflict our nation?"

  2. illness, unwellness, malady, sicknessnoun

    impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism


  1. maladynoun

    Any ailment or disease of the human body; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder.

  2. maladynoun

    A moral or mental defect or disorder.

  3. Etymology: maladie, from maladie, from malade, from male habitus, 1st century AD. See also malice and habit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maladynoun

    A disease; a distemper; a disorder of body; sickness.

    Etymology: maladie, French.

    Better it is to be private
    In sorrow’s torments, than ty’d to the pomp of a palace,
    Nurse inward maladies, which have not scope to be breath’d out. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Wise physicians first require, that the malady be known thoroughly, afterwards teach how to cure and redress it. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Say, can you fast? your stomachs are too young:
    And abstinence engenders maladies. William Shakespeare.

    An usual draught, or accidental violence of motion, has removed that malady that has baffled the skill of physicians. Robert South, Sermons.

    Love’s a malady without a cure;
    Fierce love has pierc’d me with his fiery dart,
    He fires within, and hisses at my heart. Dryden.


  1. malady

    A malady is a disease, ailment, or disorder. It can also refer to a serious problem or a defect in a system or organization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maladynoun

    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

  2. Maladynoun

    a moral or mental defect or disorder

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malady

    mal′a-di, n. illness: disease, either of the body or of the mind. [Fr. maladiemalade, sick—L. male habitus, in ill condition—male, badly, habitus, pa.p. of habēre, have, hold.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Malady is ranked #54637 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Malady surname appeared 377 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Malady.

    98.6% or 372 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malady in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malady in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of malady in a Sentence

  1. Swami Krishnananda:

    The soul's illness is more terrible and more difficult to understand than the illness of the body or any other type of malady.

  2. Swami Krishnananda:

    What man needs is not philosophy or religion in the academic or formalistic sense of the term, but ability to think rightly. The malady of the age is not absence of philosophy or even irreligion but wrong thinking and a vanity which passes for knowledge. Though it is difficult to define right thinking, it cannot be denied that it is the goal of the aspirations of everyone.

  3. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.

  4. Michael McCormack:

    We're waiting to see what happens here, whether Verizon CTO Kyle Malady can actually monetize the network.

  5. Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

    Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady.

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