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Morbid vs moribund


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Morbid and moribund are two words that very close in pronunciation and spelling, but mean two different things. We will look at the difference between the words morbid and moribund, and look at their common roots. In addition, we will provide examples to show the difference in their use.

Morbid is an adjective which describes someone who has an abnormally intense interest in unpleasant or gruesome subjects such as suffering, disease and death. Being morbid may be a lifelong mindset or only extend to a certain subject. In medical terms, morbid describes something that indicates disease. The adverb form of the word morbid is morbidly, the noun form is morbidness. The word morbid is derived from the Latin word morbidus, which means diseased, sick. The root Latin word is mori, which means to die.

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