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morbid Syllabification: mor·bid
Pronunciation: /ˈmôrbəd/

Definition of morbid in English:


1Characterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease: he had long held a morbid fascination with the horrors of contemporary warfare
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  • It is that he had a morbid fascination with death and he was also an enthusiastic frequenter of public executions.
  • His work reveals a powerful imagination and an often morbid interest in themes of love and death.
  • These are morbid subjects that most people don't like to think about.
ghoulish, macabre, unhealthy, gruesome, unwholesome;
abnormal, aberrant, disturbing, worrisome
informal sick, weird
2 Medicine Of the nature of or indicative of disease: the treatment of morbid obesity
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  • Only one person in seven suffering from morbid obesity will live to his or her full life expectancy.
  • You know, patients with obesity and morbid obesity, are some of the sickest patients that surgeons see.
  • Obesity is associated with multiple morbid conditions and a loss in life expectancy.


Example sentences
  • Well, I am still alive, no sense dwelling on the morbidness of it all.
  • For all his morbidness and grotesque humor, he rarely lost touch with an emotional core in his songwriting.
  • She evokes the desperate sense of morbidness that looms over their daily life.


Mid 17th century (in the medical sense): from Latin morbidus, from morbus 'disease'.

  • Morbid is from Latin morbus ‘disease’. It was first used to mean ‘indicative of disease’ and did not come to be used for ‘gloomy, unhealthy’ until the late 18th century.

Words that rhyme with morbid

turbid • wretched
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