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malady of France:

Obsolete Shakespearean euphemism for a venereal-disease , syphilis or gonorrhoea, from a time when such diseases were blamed on foreigners, particularly those from Latin countries. The French called it The English Malady . See syphilis for synonyms.
See Also: abbesse, English malady, W.C., Yankee heaven

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