Definition of morbid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːbɪd/


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.
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.
diseased, pathological



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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.


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.

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