[ muh-kah-bruh, -kahb ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Late 19th century; Frenchfrom 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
  • ghastly
  • frightening
  • grim
  • gruesome
  • cheerful
  • happy
  • pleasant
gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible
A) Many people do not enjoy gruesome horror films, but I have no problem with their macabre content. B) The result of the civilian unrest was a macabre scene on the streets of the city.
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