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dance of death

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noun
  1. a symbolic dance in which Death, represented as a skeleton, leads people or skeletons to their grave.
  2. a representation of this theme in art.
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Origin of dance of death

First recorded in 1470–80
Also called danse macabre.
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dance of death

noun
  1. a pictorial, literary, or musical representation, current esp in the Middle Ages, of a dance in which living people, in order of social precedence, are led off to their graves, by a personification of deathAlso called (French): danse macabre
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