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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.
precocious |priˈkōSHəs|adjective(of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual: he was a precocious, solitary boy.• (of behavior or ability) indicative of early development: a precocious talent for computing.• (of a plant) flowering or fruiting earlier than usual.DERIVATIVESprecociously adverb.precociousness noun.precocity |priˈkäsətē| nounORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin praecox, praecoc- (from praecoquere ‘ripen fully,’ from prae ‘before’ +coquere ‘to cook’) + -ious.
some of the boys were extremely precocious: advanced for one's age, forward, mature, gifted, talented, clever, intelligent,quick; informal smart. ANTONYMS backward.
The Tang Empire
At it's height in 750, the most powerful, most advanced, and best administered empire in the world. 4 million square miles of territory.
1 the separate part of a Muslim household reserved for wives, concubines, and female servants.
- 2 the wives (or concubines) of a polygamous man.
- • a group of female animals sharing a single mate.
seraglio; zenana; women's quarters.
- "the pop star and his harem"
- "the inner rooms of the harem"
ORIGIN mid 17th cent. ( sense 1): from Arabic ḥaram, ḥarīm, literally ‘prohibited, prohibited place’ (hence‘sanctuary, women's quarters, women’), from ḥarama ‘be prohibited.’
"Atget has rightly been considered first and foremost a photographer of Paris and its environs, but many of his earliest images were made in the Somme, a storied agrarian region in northern France, where Atget lived in the late 1880s."
- |ˈstôrēd| adjective literary
- celebrated in or associated with stories or legends: the island's storied past.
the quarterback's storied career.
legendary, fabled, celebrated, of repute.
"Atget's early photographic efforts were made specifically to serve artists, and photographic images of rural motifs were in high demand."
- a decorative design or pattern: T-shirts featuring spiral motifs. • a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition: the nautical motif of his latest novel. • Music a short succession of notes producing a single impression; a brief melodic or rhythmic formula out of whichlonger passages are developed: the motif in the second violin is submerged by the first violin's countermelody. • an ornament of lace, braid, etc., sewn separately on a garment.
- • Biochemistry a distinctive sequence on a protein or DNA, having a three-dimensional structure that allows binding interactions to occur.
- 1 a colorful tulip motif: design, pattern, decoration, figure, shape, device, emblem, ornament.2 a recurring motif in her work: theme, idea, concept, subject, topic, leitmotif, element; through line.
- ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from French.