Definition of macabre adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//məˈkɑːbrə//
; NAmE NAmE//məˈkɑːbrə//
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unpleasant and strange because connected with death and frightening things synonym ghoulish, grisly a macabre tale/joke/ritual Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French macabre, from Danse Macabre ‘dance of death’, from Old French, perhaps from Macabé ‘a Maccabee’, with reference to a miracle play depicting the slaughter of the Maccabees.
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