Definition of morbid
2 : abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings
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.
Origin and Etymology of morbid
Latin morbidus diseased, from morbus disease
First Known Use: 1656
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 tissues>c: productive of disease <morbid substances>
2: abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings
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