morbid

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

Essential Meaning of morbid

1 : relating to unpleasant subjects (such as death) She has a morbid interest in funerals. He has a morbid sense of humor. See More Examplesa morbid fascination with death wanting to learn about a celebrity's downfall out of morbid curiosityHide
2 technical : not healthy or normal suffering from a morbid condition morbid obesity The child has a morbid fear/horror of snakes.

Full 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

Frequently Asked Questions About morbid

What is morbid curiosity?

Morbid curiosity is a fascination with grisly or gruesome matters. Although morbid has other meanings (such as "productive of disease"), when paired with curiosity it carries the "grisly" sense.

Are morbid and moribund the same?

Morbid and moribund may begin with the same three letters, but these words have different meanings and origins. Moribund, meaning "being in a state of inactivity or obsolescence," comes from the Latin word meaning "to die" (mori), while morbid ("grisly, gruesome") is from the Latin morbus ("disease").

Is morbid a noun?

No, morbid is an adjective (with meanings such as "of, relating to, or characteristic of disease" and "gruesome or grisly"). There are noun forms, such as morbidity ("an abnormal or unhealthy state of mind; especially, one marked by excessive gloom") and morbidness ("the quality or state of being 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers also dug deeper into the association between social anxiety and relationship satisfaction, exploring its connection with co-morbid depression. Mark Travers, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 For instance, even though individuals ages 19 to 29 with no co-morbid conditions were the group least likely to have complications, 21.2% of them—about one in five—still had at least one complication. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 26 July 2021 Okay, that might have gotten too morbid for a second. Devon Abelman, Allure, 3 July 2021 Set up a Legacy Contact – Not to get too morbid, but the harsh reality is that when a loved one dies, accessing their iPhone can be impossible if the device is secured. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 June 2021 And Leona had a reason for such a seemingly morbid request. Hayley Vaughn, NBC News, 1 June 2021 Christopher has a fascination with violence and self-harm that tends to result in his most profoundly morbid and bracing jokes. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 1 June 2021 Preparing for the end of life needn't be morbid, as five minutes spent with Fremont will prove. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 In fact, Shanahan had a pretty morbid way of indicating that there’s no guarantee Garoppolo will be on the roster once the 2021 NFL Draft comes to a culmination this coming weekend. Vincent Frank, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Morbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morbid. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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morbid

adjective
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

morbid

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

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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