dance death

dance of death

a symbolic dance in which Death, represented as a skeleton, leads people or skeletons to their grave.
a representation of this theme in art.
Also called danse macabre.

1470–80 Unabridged
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dance of death
Also called (French): danse macabre a pictorial, literary, or musical representation, current esp in the Middle Ages, of a dance in which living people, in order of social precedence, are led off to their graves, by a personification of death

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