- suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death.
- affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.
- pertaining to diseased parts: morbid anatomy.
- gruesome; grisly.
Origin of morbid
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Examples from the Web for morbid
The resultant pop culture is as morbid and contagious as the epidemics they depict.Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague
August 4, 2014
The business of writing obituaries may seem, at first glance, a morbid affair.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
Morbid Anatomy, with Ebenstein at the helm, seems to do it all, from publishing books to leading international trips.Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors
July 10, 2014
Morbid humor is often the best way to deal with this absurdity.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
I am quite exhausted by it, and have determined to break up this morbid condition.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Philip himself, too, was morbid in his excessive tenderness for this boy.Night and Morning, Complete
This was no morbid sentimentalist; no pining, heart-broken woman.Hetty's Strange History
You may say that Robespierre was morbid and unbalanced, and you may say the same of Bunyan.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
The official brains of the nation are in a morbid condition.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
I shrunk with morbid nervousness from owning to any knowledge of Eugen.The First Violin
- having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
- relating to or characterized by disease; pathologica morbid growth
Word Origin and History for morbid
1650s, "of the nature of a disease, indicative of a disease," from Latin morbidus "diseased," from morbus "sickness, disease, ailment, illness," from root of mori "to die," which is possibly from PIE root *mer- "to rub, pound, wear away" (cf. Sanskrit mrnati "crushes, bruises;" Greek marainein "to consume, exhaust, put out, quench," marasmus "consumption"). Transferred use, of mental states, is from 1777. Related: Morbidly; morbidness.
- Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased.
- Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.