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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

macabre \macabre\ (m[.a]*k[aum]"b[~e]r) adj. 1. portraying human injury or death in a way so as to inspiring shock or horror; gruesome; ghastly; as, macabre tortures conceived by madmen. [Also spelled macaber.] Syn: ghastly, grisly, gruesome, lurid. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Pertaining to or portraying the grim aspects of death, or the allegorical dance of death. [PJC]