morbid

adjective mor·bid \ ˈmȯr-bəd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

morbidly

adverb

morbidness

noun

Examples of morbid in a Sentence

  1. 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 LewisNew York Review of Books7 Apr. 2005
  2. Danger can be sexy, but morbid proselytizing is a real buzzkill. —Emily GordonNation5 May 1997
  3. 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 WidemanNew Yorker1 Aug. 1994
  4. 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 WeltyOne Writer's Beginnings1983
  5. She has a morbid interest in funerals.

  6. He has a morbid sense of humor.

  7. a morbid fascination with death

  8. wanting to learn about a celebrity's downfall out of morbid curiosity

  9. suffering from a morbid condition

  10. The child has a morbid fear of snakes.

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Origin and Etymology of morbid

Latin morbidus diseased, from morbus disease


MORBID Defined for English Language Learners

morbid

adjective

Definition of morbid for English Language Learners

  • : relating to unpleasant subjects (such as death)

  • : not healthy or normal


MORBID Defined for Kids

morbid

adjective mor·bid \ ˈmȯr-bəd \

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 Dictionary

morbid

adjective mor·bid \ ˈmȯr-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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