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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj macabre shockingly repellent; inspiring horror "ghastly wounds","the grim aftermath of the bombing","the grim task of burying the victims","a grisly murder","gruesome evidence of human sacrifice","macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages","macabre tortures conceived by madmen"
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In literature:

No man of ordinary intelligence can take part in the intrigues of une farce macabre.
"Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard" by Joseph Conrad
It was like a macabre march of struggling corpses towards a distant grave.
"A Set of Six" by Joseph Conrad
Like some macabre invention sprung from a disordered brain.
"The Lamp of Fate" by Margaret Pedler
She was impressive, in her lovely pale-yellow and brownish-rose, yet macabre, something repulsive.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Yes, this was all a macabre game cooked up by Summerford, with the help of some of his pals.
"Warning from the Stars" by Ron Cocking
In the account of the excavation a "macabre" incident is recorded.
"Lynton and Lynmouth" by John Presland
DANSE Macabre, 306 etc.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
A Five, Ten, and Fifteen Cent store dimly showed forth strings of penny postal cards and piles of dusty candy in its macabre windows.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
Over the iron mantel hung Zeke's "Knights of Macabre" sword in its scabbard.
"Stubble" by George Looms
It is not sufficiently realised how much there was of the "macabre" about Victor Hugo.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
For as I write doubts dance like macabre figures among my words.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
There was a touch of the macabre in it that rendered his flesh cold and weak.
"The Observers" by G. L. Vandenburg
Yet they issued from the same vocal chords, unless Forth was having a reasonless, macabre joke.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The whole scene below was like a macabre nightmare.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
The macabre and ghostly lays did not affect him so much as the legends of the saints.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
The "Dance Macabre" has contributed largely to spread its author's reputation all over Europe.
"Masters of French Music" by Arthur Hervey
He adds, that he is well aware of the Dance of Macabre.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
Is there a composer who paints the infernal, the macabre, with more suggestive realism than Liszt?
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
Only the master of the ceremonies in this dance macabre.
"A Sovereign Remedy" by Flora Annie Steel
She kissed him, rained upon his dead lips her macabre kisses.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau

In news:

In Storm's Debris, the Macabre.
Gary Zaboly illustration from Stephen Hardin's Texian Macabre.
It's never hard to spot Burton 's signature: the baroque ghoulish visuals, macabre humor and topsy-turvy morality are always front and center.
More than a macabre coincidence .
Halloween, with its candypalooza and celebration of the macabre, makes us forget that real monsters are out there.
Starting in 1890, Dix eventually became known for her investigation of the macabre murders.
Where the Macabre & the Fantastic Meet.
Auction offers macabre USS Monitor opportunity.
THE ANIMATORS who gave us the memorably creepy "Coraline" are back with "ParaNorman" - more mainstream, but still on the macabre side.
Kevorkian's macabre paintings caught in auction dispute.
Welcome to the macabre express.
"Welcome to the macabre express," says host Jac Hayden.
Teen shooter linked to macabre stories, pictures.
Found Humor in the Macabre .
A Healthy Mania for the Macabre .