Origin: 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. "The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind." (Buckminster)

2. A moral or mental defect or disorder. "Love's a malady without a cure." (Dryden)

Synonyms: Disorder, distemper, sickness, ailment, disease, illness. See Disease.

(01 Mar 1998)

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