Love for Words – Macabre
October 29, 2013
___ “Macabre” origin is connected to the French phrase danse macabre meaning “dance with death.”
The “dance” is a dark one, related to deaths that are gruesome or horrific. Macabre, [pronounced muh-KAHB, muh-KAH-bruh, or muh-KAH-ber] suggests a heavy, almost suffocating sense, a disturbing one.
Definition via Merriam-Webster.com
1. having death as a subject : comprising or including a personalized representation of death
2. dwelling on the gruesome
3. tending to produce horror in a beholder
One may walk into an art exhibit that showcases with macabre portraits and feel haunted. Someone might have a macabre fascination with true crime stories. A dinner party guest might express a macabre sense of humor that causes pauses in the chatter.
Out of the Macabre pronunciations listed above, which one would you use when reading this aloud? — “The macabre history regarding the previous owners made it hard to sell the house.”
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