Origin of macabreFrench from Old French (danse) Macabré, (dance) of death, probably altered from Medieval Latin (Chorea) Machabaeorum, literally , dance of the Maccabees (see Maccabees): semantic connection obscure
A macabre image.
An example of macabre is a series of bloody murders committed by a serial killer.
- Upsetting or horrifying by association with death or injury; gruesome: “When Lucia describes [the saints'] torments, Jo sees a chorus of macabre dolls, most of them missing parts” ( Nancy Reisman ) See Synonyms at ghastly.
- Constituting or including a representation of death.
Origin of macabreUltimately from Old French (Danse) Macabré (dance) of death perhaps from alteration of Macabe Maccabee from Latin Maccabaeus from Greek Makkabios
(comparative more macabre, superlative most macabre)
From French macabre, whose etymology is uncertain.
Most commonly believed to be from corruption of the biblical name Maccabees; compare French danse macabre, presumably from Latin Chorea Machabaeorum.
Possibly from Spanish macabro, from Arabic Ù…Ù‚Ø§Ø¨Ø± (maqÄbir, “tombs, cemeteries"), plural of Ù…Ù‚Ø¨Ø±Ø© (maqbara or maqbura) or of Ù…Ù‚Ø¨Ø± (maqbar), but the Arabic etymology is rejected by Romance linguists.
Possibly from Amharic "maqaber" for grave, but this etymology remains rejected by most linguistics.
- Most women know that black is incredibly slimming, but it feels downright macabre during those warm summer months when the air is soft and stars are twinkling.
- The voice punctuated all of the remarks with a series of elaborate motion graphics put over O'Brien, with images of the Twitter icon bluebird in more and more macabre situations.
- Dean had no desire to know the macabre contents.
- After the increase of crime in her neighborhood, Annie began to be questioned about some of her macabre hobbies.
- My taste in movies is rather dark, I enjoy mostly macabre horror films.