Definition of danse macabre in English:

danse macabre

Syllabification: danse ma·ca·bre
Pronunciation: /ˈdäns məˈkäbrə
 
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noun

  • another term for dance of death.
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    • Europe had suffered through a century of the Black Death, and woodcuts depict images of the danse macabre, in which the skeleton is seen cavorting indiscriminately with paupers, kings, and clergy.
    • The danse macabre, an artistic form portraying a personified Death, is commonly portrayed as a skeleton entering an everyday situation ‘in the midst of life’.
    • The Danse Macabre made its first appearance during the plague (Black Death) years of the fourteenth century. In Germany it was the Todtentanz; in Italy, danza della morte; and in England, the Dance of Death.

Origin

French, recorded from late Middle English in anglicized forms such as dance of Machabray, dance of Macaber (see also macabre).

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