SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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;
sickly, equivalent to
) sickness +
-idus -id 4 Related forms 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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British Dictionary definitions for premorbidly adjective having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events gruesome relating to or characterized by disease; pathologic a morbid growth Derived Forms morbidly, adverb morbidness, noun Word Origin for morbid
C17: from Latin
morbidus sickly, from morbus illness
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Word Origin and History for premorbidly adj.
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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adj. Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased. Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.
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