An example of macabre is a series of bloody murders committed by a serial killer.
Origin of macabre
- Ultimately from Old French (Danse) Macabré (dance) of death perhaps from alteration of Macabe Maccabee from Latin Maccabaeus from Greek Makkabios
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Most commonly believed to be from corruption of the biblical name Maccabees; compare French danse macabre, presumably from Latin Chorea Machabaeorum.
- Possibly from Amharic "maqaber" for grave, but this etymology remains rejected by most linguistics.
- From French macabre, whose etymology is uncertain.