Morbid Definition

Given to or characterized by unwholesome thoughts or feelings, especially of death or disease.
Read the account of the murder with a morbid interest.
American Heritage
Of, having, or caused by disease; unhealthy; diseased.
Webster's New World
Resulting from or as from a diseased state of mind; esp., having or showing an unwholesome tendency to dwell on gruesome or gloomy matters.
Webster's New World
Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.
A morbid fear of heights.
American Heritage Medicine
Gruesome; grisly; horrible.
The morbid details of a story.
Webster's New World

Origin of Morbid

  • From Latin morbidus (“diseased"), from morbus (“sickness"), itself from the root of morior (“die") or directly from Proto-Indo-European *mor- (“to rub, pound, wear away").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin morbidus diseased from morbus disease mer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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