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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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}.

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       adj : shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds";
             "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of
             burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome
             evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and
             plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived
             by madmen" [syn: {ghastly}, {grim}, {grisly}, {gruesome}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "macabre":
     appalling, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, blue,
     cadaverous, corpselike, deadly, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale,
     dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, eerie, eldritch, fearsome,
     fell, fiendish, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly,
     ghostlike, ghostly, ghoulish, gory, grim, grisly, grotesque,
     gruesome, haggard, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific,
     horrifying, livid, lurid, morbid, mortuary, pale, redoubtable,
     schrecklich, shocking, spookish, spooky, terrible, terrific,
     terrifying, tremendous, uncanny, unearthly, wan, weird

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