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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: (danse) macabre 'dance of death', from earlier (danse de) Macabré, perhaps from Medieval Latin chorea Maccabaeorum 'dance of the Maccabees', a representation of the killing of the Maccabees, a Jewish family of Bible times

macabre

adjective
     
ma‧ca‧bre
very strange and unpleasant and connected with death or with people being seriously hurt:
a macabre tale
a macabre sense of humour

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