- 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 morbidness
It will not do to dismiss this as unhealthiness or morbidness of mind.Understanding the Scriptures
Beyond this morbidness of misapprehension, there was no other morbidness in Hetty's state.Hetty's Strange History
A strong protest against "morbidness" was on her lips, but she did not speak it.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
And is this progress in a durable sense, or morbidness in evolution?The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2
His expressions about the reception of his History, have a tinge of morbidness.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2)
John Hill Burton
- having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
- relating to or characterized by disease; pathologica morbid growth
Word Origin and History for morbidness
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.