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MAL'ADY, noun [Latin malum; Eng. mellow, Latin mollis.]

1. Any sickness or disease of the human body; any distemper from impaired, defective or morbid organic functions; more particularly, a lingering or deep seated disorder or indisposition. It may be applied to any animal body, but is, I believe, rarely or never applied to plants.

The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind.

2. Defect or corruption of the heart; depravity; moral disorder or corruption of moral principles. Depravity of heart is a moral malady

3. Disorder of the understanding or mind.