Definition of macabre in English:

macabre

Syllabification: ma·ca·bre
Pronunciation: /məˈkäbrə
 
, məˈkäb
 
/

adjective

Disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury: a macabre series of murders
More example sentences
  • The story of secrecy, scientific ethics and national security is macabre, grisly and disturbing.
  • And what happened next was 70 persons butchered and burnt in a macabre dance of death.
  • The Archbishop Turpin, disturbed by this macabre turn of events, decided to examine the corpse.
Synonyms
gruesome, grisly, grim, gory, morbid, ghastly, unearthly, grotesque, hideous, horrific, shocking, dreadful, loathsome, repugnant, repulsive, sickening
black, weird, unhealthy
informal sick

Origin

late 19th century: 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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