A medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, designed to emphasize the equality of all before death. Also called danse macabre.
More example sentences
- The medieval dance of death operated as total allegory.
- The images of the dance of death with its skulls and scythes and sinners haunted her vision - or perhaps her dreams, for when she closed her eyes, she saw them.
- They violate the supposedly sacrosanct boundary between the living and the dead, bringing us back to the medieval fascination with memento mort, the dance of death and the cult of the reliquary.
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