Simple Definition of macabre
: involving death or violence in a way that is strange, frightening, or unpleasant
Full Definition of macabre
1 : having death as a subject : comprising or including a personalized representation of death
2 : dwelling on the gruesome
3 : tending to produce horror in a beholder
Examples of macabre in a sentence
a macabre story of murder and madness
Police discovered a macabre scene inside the house.
Origin and Etymology of macabre
French, from (danse) macabre dance of death, from Middle French (danse de) Macabré
First Known Use: 1889
Synonym Discussion of macabre
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