Meaning of morbid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɔːbɪd/

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  • 1Characterized by an unusual interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease.

    ‘he had a morbid fascination with the horrors of contemporary warfare’
    • ‘I used to enjoy murder trials—not for any morbid curiosity, but for the drama unfolding’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why she has chosen to explore such a morbid subject is anyone's guess.’
    • ‘I can't think of a single reason to buy this album except for morbid curiosity.’
    • ‘So, what is this morbid fascination with complete inhumanity?’
    • ‘We stayed out of morbid curiosity to see what would happen.’
    • ‘Watching the best players in the world right now mostly failing to match up to the requirements has provided a morbid kind of fascination.’
    • ‘Is it boredom, morbid curiosity or just a downright nosiness to see how unfavourably other people's lives compare?’
    • ‘You watch with morbid fascination as his world slowly crumbles around him.’
    • ‘We paused with morbid fascination at the scene of the recent lorry tragedy and peered cautiously over the edge.’
    • ‘Out of the side streets opposite the jail they came by scores, drawn for the most part by idle and morbid curiosity.’
    • ‘I know that a number of people come to this site solely out of morbid curiosity about Raychel's murder.’
    • ‘He dreaded hearing the answer, but morbid curiosity forced him to ask the question.’
    • ‘Despite our hatred of the whole process, we still had this morbid fascination with it.’
    • ‘A casual view of some of our articles might suggest a morbid fascination with the dead.’
    • ‘He had proved to be an interesting, if slightly morbid and subdued, traveling companion.’
    • ‘The sight of it has made me morbid and I have been thinking about death.’
    • ‘There is a morbid nostalgia in the desire to draw death back into our everyday lives.’
    • ‘As much as it was a part of society I found it morbid and disgusting to laugh and cheer and a horrible death just for entertainment.’
    ghoulish, macabre, unhealthy, gruesome, grisly, grotesque, ghastly, horrible, unwholesome, death-obsessed
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  • 2Medicine
    Of the nature of or indicative of disease.

    ‘the treatment of morbid obesity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we speak of morbid obesity, are all women in this assumed weight category unhealthy or at risk for diseases?’
    • ‘Deep puncture wounds from animal bites become morbid if not promptly tended and closely followed.’
    diseased, pathological
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Mid 17th century (in the medical sense): from Latin morbidus, from morbus ‘disease’.