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macabre (məˈkɑːbə, -brə)
1.  gruesome; ghastly; grim
2.  resembling or associated with the danse macabre
[C15: from Old French danse macabre dance of death, probably from macabé relating to the Maccabees, who were associated with death because of the doctrines and prayers for the dead in II Macc. (12:43--46)]

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