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definition of the word macabre

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From French macabre, whose etymology is uncertain.[1]

Most commonly believed to be from corruption of the biblical name Maccabees; compare French danse macabre, presumably from Latin Chorea Machabæorum.

Possibly from Spanish macabro, from Arabic مقابر (cemetery), plural of مقبرة, but the Arabic etymology is rejected by Romance linguists.

macabre (comparative more macabre, superlative most macabre)


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  1. representing or personifying death
  2. obsessed with death or the gruesome
  3. ghastly

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