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Word of the Day: MACABRE
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macabre (adj) - representing, personifying, or obsessed with death, often in a strange or unpleasant way; gruesome or ghastly [muh-kah-bruh, -kahb]
BACKGROUND: The word macabre appears to come most directly from the Middle French phrase Danse Macabré, meaning the Dance of Death. The dance itself served as a reflection, reminder, and even celebration of the universality of death. The name of the dance may be a corruption of Dance of the Maccabees, a grim allusion to the slaughter of Jewish rebels.
“The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life.” —H. P. Lovecraft
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