Definition of morbid in English:

morbid

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːbɪd
 
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adjective

  • 1Characterized by an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease: his 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.
    Synonyms
    ghoulish, macabre, unhealthy, gruesome, grisly, grotesque, ghastly, horrible, unwholesome, death-obsessed
    informal sick
  • 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.
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Derivatives

morbidity

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪdɪti/
noun
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  • Unsafe abortion is a prevalent and preventable cause of maternal mortality and morbidity.
  • The main reason for going is to stop people dying and reduce morbidity.
  • Smoking adds to the morbidity besides influencing the prevalence and natural history of asthma.

morbidly

adverb
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  • And I am even more morbidly depressed than before I started.
  • We did a couple of stories about people who were morbidly obese.
  • I mean I was really, morbidly upset that there was nothing in the entire city that satisfied my taste or my budget, and it really affected me.

morbidness

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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