morbid


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morbid

1. having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
2. relating to or characterized by disease; pathologic
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On the following day, hearing none of those noisy indications of revelry, I concluded that the inhuman feast was terminated; and feeling a kind of morbid curiosity to discover whether the Ti might furnish any evidence of what had taken place there, I proposed to Kory-Kory to walk there.
I have always said, dear Margaret, that you were the most morbid person in London.
He really was morbid about it; and it is likely enough that he did invoke it as a kind of curse in the violent scene (which undoubtedly happened) in which he struck Green with the decanter.
His imagination and the books he had read had inspired in him a desire for the Byronic attitude; and he was torn between a morbid self-consciousness and a conviction that he owed it to himself to be gallant.
It was evident that the more lifeless he seemed at ordinary times, the more impassioned he became in these moments of almost morbid irritation.
Very likely the reading of Ossian had something to do with my morbid anxieties.
This morbid picture cast a gloom over the entire party, making them restless and anxious.
His eyes were half-filmed over by a growth of morbid membrane, and what was not yet covered shone red and irritated.
His mind was in such a state of morbid distrust that he lowered the blind over the window.
I had read in medical books of cases of morbid nervous sensitiveness exactly similar to the case of Miss Dunross, as described by herself--and that had been enough for me.
If anyone lift the cloth from the face of that unpleasant thing it will be in gratification of a mere morbid curiosity.
And yet, the older, more morbid drinkers, more jaded with life and more disillusioned, who kill themselves, do so usually after a long debauch, when their nerves and brains are thoroughly poison-soaked.