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macabre (adj) horrible and unpleasant because of connection with death and blood.

A macabre tale is a horror story. It is horrible and unpleasant because it is about death and such other frightening things. A macabre joke frightens us because its subject is death and blood. The rows of dead bodies recovered from the debris of the quake site are really a macabre sight; that is, it is a frightening sight because of its connection with death.

  • The report of the mother killing her children and then killing herself is really macabre. It is too horrible even to think about.
  • His macabre claim that he can cure some diseases by using the bones and flesh of the dead is really shocking and revolting. Even to imagine it chills our blood.
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