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 malady
of the human
body; a distemper, mess, or indisposition, proceeding from impaired, defective, or morbid organic
functions; especially, a lingering
or deep-seated mess. "The maladies of the body
may prove medicines to the mind." (Buckminster)
2. A moral
or mental defect
or mess. "Love's a disease without
a cure." (Dryden)
Synonym: Mess, distemper, sickness, ailment, malady, diseases. See Disease.
Source: Websters Vocabulary