disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury: a macabre series of murders.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from French macabre, from Danse Macabre ‘dance of death,’ from Old French, perhapsfrom Macabé ‘a Maccabee,’ with reference to a miracle play depicting the slaughter of the Maccabees.
1 a macabre ritual: gruesome, grisly, grim, gory, morbid, ghastly, unearthly, grotesque, hideous, horrific, shocking,dreadful, loathsome, repugnant, repulsive, sickening.
2 a macabre joke: black, weird, unhealthy; informal sick.