Macabre is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of macabre, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
macabre(mə-käˈbrə, mə-käbˈ, -käˈbər)
(adjective) - shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
EXAMPLES - Macabre in a Sentence
- There is a certain macabre humour about it though. (source)
- She's this great old, kind of macabre, kids 'author. (source)
- I think your use of the word "macabre" is appropriate. (source)
- It was a joke, some kind of macabre joke; it had to be. (source)
- The macabre creatures in "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" do. (source)
- In the account of the excavation a "macabre" incident is recorded. (source)
- What kind of macabre, twisted fantasy was this whack job playing out? (source)
- My first thought when I saw the babies and children was "how macabre is this?" (source)
- It is not sufficiently realised how much there was of the "macabre" about Victor Hugo. (source)
- Or it could be some sicko who hung out at graveyards to get some kind of macabre thrill. (source)
- Coraline is a sort of malcontent Alice and the "Other House" a kind of macabre wonderland. (source)
- In postinvasion testimonies IDF soldiers recalled the macabre scenes of destruction in Gaza: (source)
- Poe, author of such macabre stories as "The Tell-Tale Heart," might very well have understood. (source)
- And yet the master of the macabre was a troubled man, especially in his relationships with women. (source)
- My first hardcover publication, with a very exciting, original novella and some macabre short stories. (source)
- 'macabre' sense of humour has been put on display in a series of bizarre photos published by a British newspaper. (source)
- The description 'macabre' certainly covers the darker side of life, suggesting at the horrors around death and decay. (source)
- Especially one guy, who's subjected to ..., well, I'm not even going to tell you except to say that the word macabre applies. (source)
- Although I find her totally unfit for the national or international scene, I think the media have a kind of macabre fascination with her. (source)
- When asked why Gorey didn't like the word "macabre," Theroux says: "I think he heard it too much - 'ghoulish' and 'macabre' - in interviews. (source)
- Your attention for particulars is amazing: the blood red eyes of the wolves and the bloody drop falling from the girl's mouth, are a good touch of "macabre" style. (source)
- But if the armchair speculation has a kind of macabre appeal, it also seems only to reinforce how little we actually know about the attacker, or where he may turn up next. (source)
- The halls were the two boys attempted their doomed escape are signposted and two tombstone decorations sit outside, prompting some in the area to describe the display as "macabre". (source)
- Yet in Boston, where Poe was born 200 years ago this January, the master of the macabre is a faintly remembered footnote, all but "nameless here for evermore," as he famously penned in (source)
- Well, maybe now of some kind of macabre curiosity, but I'm fairly sure what I was thinking is illegal everywhere in the world except New Jersey, and, ironically, in the Vatican city itself. (source)
- The ANC Southern OFS region condemns in the strongest terms the macabre torture of Mr Aaron Balada Simanga and wishes to place on record that its members have nothing to do with the torture. (source)
- And despite pleas that he return it to Mr. Piazza so the entire bat can be sold to the highest bidder in some kind of macabre charity auction, Mr. Olbermann has decided to keep it as a personal memento. (source)
- The mayor of Waimakariri District, which includes Kaiapoi, said residents were sick of "macabre" outsiders driving around taking photos of their condemned homes and was planning to close off roads this weekend. " (source)
- Waimakariri District Mayor Ron Keating says Kaiapoi may close off its roads this weekend, to stop "macabre" tourists descending on the ruined community, as aftershocks continue in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake. (source)
- She makes note, for instance, of "pebbles worn to an irresistible silkiness by the weather"; and she perfectly frames the macabre instant of a man who dies "just after asking for a brandy but before he could consume it." (source)
- What I remember, and believe, is that the rocket fire began right after the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005, when Hamas took over property abandoned by Israel and began firing away in what at first appeared to be a kind of macabre celebration. (source)
- A tournament whose early rounds were played exclusively in the grounds of bankrupt clubs and which climaxed in the awful, debt-crushed, windswept new Wembley stadium with its bumpy pitch would, perhaps, have a kind of macabre metaphorical attraction. (source)
- Vegetarians 'outrage as Tesco admits' macabre 'practice of turning out-of-date meat into electricity electricity in what it claims is a' green 'drive Consumers should be informed if any of their home electricity is being generated using the' macabre ' (source)
- There is a certain macabre sense of voyeurism throughout The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, partly because the movie lays bare the inner workings of the imagination, but largely due to the fact that this film serves as the final film from Heath Ledger. (source)
- At the center of that coup in the United States is the Clinton machine that in some kind of macabre power sharing agreement has taken US policy in this hemisphere hostage and off the track of what the President promised when running against Secretary Clinton for president in (source)
- At the center of that coup in the United States is the Clinton machine that in some kind of macabre power sharing agreement has taken U.S. policy in this hemisphere hostage and off the track of what the president promised when running against Secretary Clinton for president in 2008. (source)
- In May 1994 an ongoing comic book series was launched by publisher Exhibit A Press, however the title was changed to Supernatural Law beginning with issue #24, in part to avoid readers' confusion over how to pronounce "macabre," and also to bring it in line with a planned title for a motion picture adaptation. (source)
- I didn't pursue it with a Goth kid's reverence (and besides, anyone who tries to apply here who gives the boss a feeling that they like the Cure and use the word macabre more often than the next guy is swiftly shown the door), but with a sense of irony, or at least what my eighteen year old brain thought was a sense of irony. (source)
- But the marvellous, delight in which is one of the really serious elements in most boys, passed at times, those young readers still feeling its fascination, into what French writers call the macabre -- that species of almost insane pre-occupation with the materialities of our mouldering flesh, that luxury of disgust in gazing on corruption, which was connected, in this writer at least, with not a little obvious coarseness. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "macabre" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 23 synonyms for macabre.
cadaverous, deathly, dreadful, frightening, frightful, ghastly, ghostly, ghoulish, grim, grisly, gruesome, hideous, horrible, horrid, lurid, morbid, offensive, scary, spookish, spooky, terrible, unearthly, weird
We have 8 antonyms for macabre.
cheerful, common, happy, living, normal, pleasant, pleasing, pretty
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (mə-käˈbrə, mə-käbˈ, -käˈbər)
View up to 25 definitions of macabre from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome: macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle Ages. See Synonyms at ghastly.
- (adjective) Constituting or including a representation of death.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Representing or personifying death.
- (adjective) Obsessed with death or the gruesome.
- (adjective) Ghastly, shocking, terrifying.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) portraying human injury or death in a way so as to inspiring shock or horror; gruesome; ghastly.
- (adjective) Pertaining to or portraying the grim aspects of death, or the allegorical dance of death.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) shockingly repellent; inspiring horror