malady late 13c., from O.Fr. maladie "sickness, illness, disease" (13c.), from malade "ill" (12c.), from L. male habitus "doing poorly, feeling sick," lit. "ill-conditioned," from male "badly" (see MAL- (Cf. mal-)) + habitus, pp. of habere "have, hold" (see HABIT (Cf. habit)). Related: Maladies.

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