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[mawr-bid] /ˈmɔr bɪd/
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
1650-60; < Latin morbidus sickly, equivalent to morb(us) sickness + -idus -id4
Related forms
morbidly, adverb
morbidness, noun
premorbid, adjective
premorbidly, adverb
premorbidness, noun
unmorbid, adjective
unmorbidly, adverb
unmorbidness, noun
2. unwholesome, diseased, unhealthy, sick, sickly; tainted, corrupted, vitiated.
1. cheerful. 2. healthy. Unabridged
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  • I was well aware of the morbidly sensitive nature of the man.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • She was stricken, and sensitive—so morbidly sensitive—to pity, to gossip.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • He was sympathetic to actual pain, and had always been morbidly in awe of death.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • But he was morbidly suspicious that every man's hand was turned against him.

    In Case of Fire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The meeting, which he had morbidly dreaded, had brought him no comfort.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
British Dictionary definitions for morbidly


having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
relating to or characterized by disease; pathologic: a morbid growth
Derived Forms
morbidly, adverb
morbidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin morbidus sickly, from morbus illness
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Word Origin and History for morbidly



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.

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morbidly in Medicine

morbid mor·bid (môr'bĭd)

  1. Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased.

  2. Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.

mor'bid·ness n.
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