Definition of morbid
Examples of morbid in a Sentence
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
Danger can be sexy, but morbid proselytizing is a real buzzkill. —Emily Gordon, Nation, 5 May 1997
When I was a kid, I harbored a morbid fear of feathers. Feathers. Not a single feather or a few loose feathers, like the ones I'd stick in my naps to play Indian, but feathers in a bunch, … —John Edgar Wideman, New Yorker, 1 Aug. 1994
She suffered from a morbid streak which in all the life of the family reached out on occasions—the worst occasions—and touched us, clung around us, making it worse for her; her unbearable moments could find nowhere to go. —Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings, 1983
She has a morbid interest in funerals.
He has a morbid sense of humor.
a morbid fascination with death
wanting to learn about a celebrity's downfall out of morbid curiosity
suffering from a morbid condition
The child has a morbid fear of snakes.
Recent Examples of morbid from the Web
A young populace inspired by truthful historical expediency and the future that awaits us all, with the morbid irony of having to fight at once all the monsters and vices of the nation’s past.
Wealth and pleasure haven't obliterated the harsh realities of street life, but Lil Uzi Vert sounds jubilant while chronicling a morbid reality.
When contacted, detectives said, Rock told them that Steese had revealed knowledge of a morbid, if not quite accurate, detail of the murder: that Soules had been stabbed more than 100 times.
But, not to be morbid or anything, but Glass will turn 82 this year.
What started as a morbid joke on Thursday afternoon became by Friday a functional website, and not so much a joke anymore.
The Addamses are dressed in dark, morbid black, and the Beinekes are in bright yellows and whites.
A thread of self-deprecating humor transforms what could have been a morbid meditation on aging into a tale of common humanity.
More is made of these preoccupations — often dismissed as matters of morbid curiosity — than of her playfulness.
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Origin and Etymology of morbid
Latin morbidus diseased, from morbus disease
First Known Use: 1656See Words from the same year
MORBID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of morbid for English Language Learners
: relating to unpleasant subjects (such as death)
: not healthy or normal
MORBID Defined for Kids
Definition of morbid for Students
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 Definition of morbid
1a: of, relating to, or characteristic of diseaseb: affected with or induced by disease a morbid condition morbid alteration of tissuesc: productive of disease morbid substances
2: abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings
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