mor·​bid | \ ˈmȯr-bəd How to pronounce morbid (audio) \

Definition of morbid

1a : 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

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Other Words from morbid

morbidly adverb
morbidness noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web As signs emerge that China’s coronavirus outbreak may be moderating, a morbid reminder of the disease’s toll is expected to persist, or even rise, in the days to come. Robert Langreth, Fortune, "‘Tip of the iceberg:’ Why Covid-19 deaths will keep rising even as the coronavirus outbreak wanes," 13 Feb. 2020 But morbid mementos of the crime may still linger beneath the surface of the land. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Kansas Homestead Where America’s First Serial Killer Family Committed Its Crimes Is Up for Sale," 4 Feb. 2020 This often sets off a morbid competition of who can come up with the most heartbreaking – and graphic – details. Tribune, Detroit Free Press, "Enjoy the lunch, but hold the private details," 15 Jan. 2020 Although the streaming industry didn’t really exist yet, Bonnell discovered a community of brash young gamers who shared his morbid sense of humor and his penchant for confrontation. Trevor Quirk, Wired, "Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?," 15 Jan. 2020 Blood-spattered on a stretcher, with Willie D and Scarface beside him, the album was an apotheosis for Geto Boys’ aesthetic — morbid, self-aware and provocative. August Brown,, "Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill dies: Morbid, provocative — an unlikely hip-hop legend," 10 June 2019 Get the recipe: Spicy-Sweet Sambal Pork Noodles The end is near Of the year, sheesh! Don’t be so morbid. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "My 2019 “Keeper” Recipe Is Never Leaving My Side," 14 Dec. 2019 Twenty percent of people who stay in American hospitals are on the same morbid merry-go-round as Cynthia and Jean-Luc and will wind up back in the E.R. within one month of leaving. Gina Siddiqui, New York Times, "A Doctor’s Diary: The Overnight Shift in the E.R.," 16 Dec. 2019 Violence: This is about a mysterious death, so there is some morbid content with the shots of the dead body. Katie Walsh,, "Parents guide: Advice about films kids may want to see in theaters or opening soon," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of morbid

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for morbid

Latin morbidus diseased, from morbus disease

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21 Feb 2020

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“Morbid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of morbid

: relating to unpleasant subjects (such as death)
technical : not healthy or normal


mor·​bid | \ ˈmȯr-bəd How to pronounce morbid (audio) \

Kids Definition of morbid

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


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Medical Definition of morbid

1a : 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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