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[ mawr-bid ]


  1. suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.:

    a morbid interest in death.

    Antonyms: cheerful

  2. affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.

    Synonyms: sickly, sick, unhealthy, diseased, unwholesome

    Antonyms: healthy

  3. pertaining to diseased parts:

    morbid anatomy.

  4. gruesome; grisly.


/ ˈmɔːbɪd /


  1. having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
  2. gruesome
  3. relating to or characterized by disease; pathologic

    a morbid growth

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmorbidness, noun
  • ˈmorbidly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • morbid·ly adverb
  • morbid·ness noun
  • pre·morbid adjective
  • pre·morbid·ly adverb
  • pre·morbid·ness noun
  • un·morbid adjective
  • un·morbid·ly adverb
  • un·morbid·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of morbid1

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin morbidus “sickly,” from morb(us) “disease, sickness” + -idus -id 4

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Word History and Origins

Origin of morbid1

C17: from Latin morbidus sickly, from morbus illness

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Example Sentences

It had deaths so dazzling and morbid, you couldn’t look away.

We don’t necessarily think of ourselves as being morbid because of it.

The tracking of these numbers feels like a morbid version of sports.

Setting aside the morbid possibility of an even worse year in the near future making 2020 look comparatively mild, our collective memory of 2020 still may still be salvageable.

From Fortune

That mix of cute yet morbid is a defining feature of The Sims.

From Time

“I feel the almost morbid curiosity of the media as a weight on my back,” she said.

The resultant pop culture is as morbid and contagious as the epidemics they depict.

The business of writing obituaries may seem, at first glance, a morbid affair.

Morbid Anatomy, with Ebenstein at the helm, seems to do it all, from publishing books to leading international trips.

Entering Morbid Anatomy from an unremarkable, industrial street in Brooklyn, its ground-floor coffee shop/bookstore is buzzing.

The story of this untoward event illustrates at once the morbid habit of his mind and the bitter passions of those times.

The subject has its weak side too; it is morbid and somewhat sentimental at the end, but the fundamental emotion is sincere.

Opium-smoking is a vice not only deleterious in itself, but one indulged in merely to satisfy a morbid craving.

Other phrases, of a morbid tenderness, seem like music whispering consolation for unavowed sorrows and irremediable despair.

One symptom of Tchaikovskys condition was the morbid sensibility of his artistic temperament.


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