macabre

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

strange and unpleasant

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macabre - horrible

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The word ‘macabre’ is used in relation to something that inspires horror or revulsion, usually because it involves extreme violence, death, blood, or gore. Another key use of the term is in association with a sense of perverse fascination that such a subject matter may inspire in certain people.

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Synonyms gruesome
Antonyms stupendous,magnificent

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  1. The police are investigating a macabre series of murders in the city that may be linked.

  2. As a practical joke, David pretended he was having a heart attack. He obviously has a macabre sense of humour.

  3. The documentary about serial killers was fascinating, in a macabre kind of way.

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