If the first section of the newspaper you read is the obituaries, you could be considered morbid. Morbid is a word used to describe anyone who spends too much time thinking about death or disease.

A lot of English words relating to medicine and science come from Latin, and the adjective morbid is one of them; it comes from the root morbidus, meaning "diseased" or "sick." Morbid can also be used to describe other nouns besides people. If you wear Goth clothing, your wardrobe might be described as morbid. And if you hang tombstones on your walls, your taste in art could also be described as morbid.

Definitions of morbid
  1. adjective
    suggesting the horror of death and decay
    morbid details”
    synonyms: ghoulish
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
  2. adjective
    suggesting an unhealthy mental state
    morbid interest in death”
    morbid curiosity”
    detrimental to physical or moral well-being
  3. adjective
    caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology
    “a morbid growth”
    synonyms: diseased, pathologic, pathological
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
Commonly confused words

morbid / moribund

Morbid describes something gruesome, like smallpox or Frankenstein's monster. Moribund refers to the act of dying. Goths love both. What fun!

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