- 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 morbidly
One hears a high percentage of Americans are morbidly obese.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
For the morbidly curious, he takes off his mask to reveal his true face at 1:20.Lana Del Rey, Skylar Grey & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
May 19, 2013
The sequence of events is tragic, morbidly funny, and exquisitely described—as are most of the stories in this collection.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
July 3, 2011
I would definitely recommend it to people who were morbidly obese like I was.Rex Ryan: The NFL's Most Outspoken Coach
May 14, 2011
She admits to being “morbidly fascinated” by actresses, but has never wanted to be one.The Best New Writers
April 15, 2010
I was well aware of the morbidly sensitive nature of the man.The Mirror of the Sea
She was stricken, and sensitive—so morbidly sensitive—to pity, to gossip.They of the High Trails
He was sympathetic to actual pain, and had always been morbidly in awe of death.The Tyranny of the Dark
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
- having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
- relating to or characterized by disease; pathologica morbid growth
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.
- Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased.
- Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.