[ UK /məkˈɑːbɹɐ/ ]
[ US /məˈkɑbɝ, məˈkɑbɹə/ ]
  1. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    the grim task of burying the victims
    macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages
    macabre tortures conceived by madmen
    the grim aftermath of the bombing
    gruesome evidence of human sacrifice
    ghastly wounds
    a grisly murder
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How To Use macabre In A Sentence

  • The now not-so-young British artist is best known for his macabre installations, business savvy and yobbish personality. Damien Hirst's Birthday: June 7 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
  • Let the dance macabre begin. The Sun
  • One particularly macabre statue of Saint Sebastian, arrows poking out of every limb, was given centre stage.
  • The story of secrecy, scientific ethics and national security is macabre, grisly and disturbing.
  • Some of the photographs possess a macabre, ethereal quality. Times, Sunday Times
  • Beginning May 27, Mr. Gilbert will conduct a production of Gy rgy Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre. Gilbert's Home Improvement
  • His book was sad, and also funny in macabre, characteristic bursts. THE WHITE DOVE
  • However, these serials depict only the macabre and fearful aspects of these supernatural characters.
  • You could have a sense of the macabre if you allowed your imagination to run away with you. Times, Sunday Times
  • Each panel expresses the nearing dissolution of life, concluding with the macabre image of a man face down on a rock-bound shore, the sea at his feet.
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