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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Definitions for macabre

  1. Gruesome and horrifying.
  2. Pertaining to or representing death, esp. its grimmer or uglier aspect.

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Citations for macabre
The show brings Poe's macabre and melancholic tales & poems to life as Poe and his wife Virginia guide the audience through historic Mayslake Hall, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. , "First Folio Announces 2010-2011 Season of Suspense", Broadway World
Those two men were much of the same build though of course Mr. d'Alcacer, quietly alive and spiritually watchful, did not resemble Jorgenson, who, without being exactly macabre, behaved more like an indifferent but restless corpse. Joseph Conrad, The rescue: a romance of the shallows
Origin of macabre
late Middle English
Macabre relates to the Danse Macabre, a medieval allegory, but the etymology of the word itself is subject to speculation.