macabre

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French macabre, whose etymology is uncertain,[1] but possibly derives from the term danse macabre – the attribute of which was construed as an adjective – most commonly believed to be from corruption of the biblical name Maccabees; compare Latin Chorea Machabaeorum.

Another theory derives the term from Spanish macabro, from Arabic مَقَابِر(maqābir, cemeteries), plural of مَقْبَرَة(maqbara) or مَقْبُرَة(maqbura). Borrowing Arabic in plural form is not unusual: a similar case is the word magazine, derived from the plural مخازن maxāzin of the Arabic singular noun مخزن maxzan "storehouse/depot/shop".

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈkɑːbɹə/, /məˈkɑːbə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /məˈkɑb(ɹə)/, /məˈkɑbɚ/
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  • Homophone: McCobb

AdjectiveEdit

macabre (comparative more macabre, superlative most macabre)

  1. Representing or personifying death.
    • 1941, George C. Booth, Mexico's School-made Society, page 106
      There are four fundamental figures. One is a man measuring and comparing his world [] In front of him is a macabre figure, a cadaver ready to be dissected. This symbolizes man serving mankind. The third figure is the scientist, the man who makes use of the information gathered in the first two fields of mensurable science.
  2. Obsessed with death or the gruesome.
    • 1993, Theodore Ziolkowski, "Wagner's Parsifal between Mystery and Mummery", in Werner Sollors (ed.), The Return of Thematic Criticism, pages 274-275
      Indeed, in the 1854 draft of Tristan he planned to have Parzival visit the dying knight, and both operas display the same macabre obsession with bloody gore and festering wounds.
  3. Ghastly, shocking, terrifying.
    • 1927 [1938], H. P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, Introduction
      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 every-day life.
    Synonyms: ghastly, horrifying, shocking, terrifying

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EtymologyEdit

From French macabre

AdjectiveEdit

macabre (feminine macabra, masculine and feminine plural macabres)

  1. macabre

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Danse Macabre (dance of death), from Old French, usually said to be from Macabé (Maccabee), in reference to a mystery play depicting their slaughter.[1][2][3] See Maccabee.

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macabre (plural macabres)

  1. macabre

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ macabre” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
  3. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

macabre

  1. Feminine plural of adjective macabro.

RomanianEdit

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macabre

  1. nominative feminine plural of macabru
  2. accusative feminine plural of macabru
  3. nominative neuter plural of macabru
  4. accusative neuter plural of macabru