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as in:  a morbid curiosity

She has a morbid interest in death.
  suggesting the horror of death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in it
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morbid morbidly
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  • She has a morbid interest in death.
  • She thinks working in the morgue is morbid.
  • Her story included all the morbid details.
  • She has a morbid interest in pathological fiction.

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  • Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people’s chickens and household pets were found mutilated;
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • All of her copycat friends were following suit, casting off their J. Crew tweeds for ripped jeans and black clothes, trying to look morose and morbid in their BMWs and Mercedes.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • [when hearing about whipping or caning] (flicker of morbid interest) Really?
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • She’ll start rotting soon. He was surprised at having such a morbid thought.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • In the last act it is important to remove from the picture of the seated dead any suggestion of the morbid or lugubrious.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • that is morbid of you
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband

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  • "Mr. Arthur’s still alive?"
    "What a morbid question."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But I suppose it’s a morbid subject.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Aunt Alexandra, in underlining the moral of young Sam Merriweather’s suicide, said it was caused by a morbid streak in the family.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ’t’s morbid, watching a poor devil on trial for his life.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Thus the dicta No Crawford Minds His Own Business, Every Third Merriweather Is Morbid, The Truth Is Not in the Delafields, All the Bufords Walk Like That, were simply guides to daily living: never take a check from a Delafield without a discreet call to the bank; Miss Maudie Atkinson’s shoulder stoops because she was a Buford; if Mrs. Grace Merriweather sips gin out of Lydia E. Pinkham bottles it’s nothing unusual— her mother did the same.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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Associated words [difficulty]:   morbid [2]
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