Origin of macabre
Examples from the Web for macabre
You two seem to have similar artistic sensibilities, both very interested in the macabre.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in the summer months, when shootings soar, the city can be a ghoulish playground for those interested in the macabre.
Over the past few years, macabre signs of vampire burials have been unearthed across Europe and even in the United States.
The runoff has turned into a macabre political sideshow filled with grotesque attacks and ugly accusations.
In more ways than one, the tableaux have macabre backstories.
And if these meetings had their macabre side, I hope it was hidden at least from my guests.Sonia Between two Worlds|Stephen McKenna
In Germany especially have these macabre imaginings flourished.Raemaekers' Cartoons|Louis Raemaekers
You will observe what a relish I have for my own macabre, and how keenly I appreciate the present situation.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
There was a touch of the macabre in it that rendered his flesh cold and weak.The Observers|G. L. Vandenburg
It was the last of his additions to Death's Jest Book, and the most macabre of all.Books and Characters|Lytton Strachey
Word Origin for macabre
early 15c., from Old French (danse) Macabré "(dance) of Death" (1376), probably a translation of Medieval Latin (Chorea) Machabæorum, literally "dance of the Maccabees" (leaders of the Jewish revolt against Syro-Hellenes; see Maccabees). The association with the dance of death seems to be via vivid descriptions of the martyrdom of the Maccabees in the Apocryphal books. The abstracted sense of "gruesome" is first attested 1842 in French, 1889 in English.
The typical form which the allegory takes is that of a series of pictures, sculptured or painted, in which Death appears, either as a dancing skeleton or as a shrunken corpse wrapped in grave-clothes to persons representing every age and condition of life, and leads them all in a dance to the grave. ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 11th ed., 1911]