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[mawr-bid] /ˈmɔr bɪd/

suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.:
a morbid interest in death.
affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.
pertaining to diseased parts:
morbid anatomy.
gruesome; grisly.
having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
relating to or characterized by disease; pathologic: a morbid growth

1650s, “of the nature of a disease, indicative of a disease,” from Latin morbidus “diseased,” from morbus “sickness, disease, ailment, illness,” from root of mori “to die,” which is possibly from PIE root *mer- “to rub, pound, wear away” (cf. Sanskrit mrnati “crushes, bruises;” Greek marainein “to consume, exhaust, put out, quench,” marasmus “consumption”). Transferred use, of mental states, is from 1777. Related: Morbidly; morbidness.

morbid mor·bid (môr’bĭd)

mor’bid·ness n.


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