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morbid

adjective mor·bid \ˈmr-bəd\

: relating to unpleasant subjects (such as death)

: not healthy or normal

Full Definition of MORBID

1
a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of disease <morbid anatomy>
b :  affected with or induced by disease <a morbid condition>
c :  productive of disease <morbid substances>
2
:  abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings
3
:  grisly, gruesome <morbid details> <morbid curiosity>
mor·bid·ly adverb
mor·bid·ness noun
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Examples of MORBID

  1. She has a morbid interest in funerals.
  2. He has a morbid sense of humor.
  3. a morbid fascination with death
  4. wanting to learn about a celebrity's downfall out of morbid curiosity
  5. suffering from a morbid condition
  6. The child has a morbid fear of snakes.
  7. Some of the material has been disclosed before, but it is wonderful to have the quotations from President Nixon and his aides gathered here in all their morbid splendor. —Anthony Lewis, New York Review of Books, 7 Apr. 2005

Origin of MORBID

Latin morbidus diseased, from morbus disease
First Known Use: 1656

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral
MORBID Defined for Kids

morbid

adjective mor·bid \ˈmr-bəd\

Definition of MORBID for Kids

1
:  not healthy or normal <He has a morbid fear of snakes.>
2
:  having or showing an interest in unpleasant or gloomy things <Some stared at the afflicted child with morbid fascination … — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>
Medical Dictionary

morbid

adjective mor·bid \ˈmr-bəd\

Medical Definition of MORBID

1
a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of disease b :  affected with or induced by disease <a morbid condition> <morbid alteration of tissues> c :  productive of disease <morbid substances>
2
:  abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings

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