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

 

macabre

 adjective
adjective
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 Origin late 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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