- Disturbing because concerned with or causing a fear of death: a macabre series of murdersMore example sentences
gruesome, grisly, grim, gory, morbid, ghastly, unearthly, lurid, grotesque, hideous, horrific, horrible, horrifying, horrid, horrendous, terrifying, frightening, frightful, fearsome, shocking, dreadful, appalling, loathsome, repugnant, repulsive, sickeningblack, weird, unhealthy, sick
- 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.
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.