macabre

[ muh-kah-bruh, -kahb, -kah-ber ]SEE DEFINITION OF macabre
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It was like a macabre march of struggling corpses towards a distant grave.

“Life,” he emphasized above the continuous, macabre rattle of a piano.

For as I write doubts dance like macabre figures among my words.

It is not sufficiently realised how much there was of the "macabre" about Victor Hugo.

And if these meetings had their macabre side, I hope it was hidden at least from my guests.

What would Baudelaire, that friend of cats, have said to this macabre exhibition?

As if in some macabre nightmare, he heard Adrian Vance laugh.

The macabre and ghostly lays did not affect him so much as the legends of the saints.

There was a touch of the macabre in it that rendered his flesh cold and weak.

It was the last of his additions to Death's Jest Book, and the most macabre of all.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Old French (danse) Macabré "(dance) of Death" (1376), probably a translation of Medieval Latin (Chorea) Machabæorum, literally "dance of the Maccabees" (leaders of the Jewish revolt against Syro-Hellenes; see Maccabees). The association with the dance of death seems to be via vivid descriptions of the martyrdom of the Maccabees in the Apocryphal books. The abstracted sense of "gruesome" is first attested 1842 in French, 1889 in English.

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