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"macabre" in British English

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macabreadjective

uk   /məˈkɑː.brə/  us   /məˈkɑː.brə/
used to ​describe something that is very ​strange and ​unpleasant because it is ​connected with ​death or ​violence: Even the ​police were ​horrified at the macabre ​nature of the ​killings. She has a ​pretty macabre ​sense of ​humour.
(Definition of macabre from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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macabreadjective

 us   /məˈkɑb·rə, -ˈkɑb/
causing ​shock and ​fear because ​connected with ​death, esp. ​strange or ​crueldeath: After the ​diagnosis, he said he just ​wanted to ​stay “above ​ground,” she ​recalled, smiling at his macabre ​humor.
(Definition of macabre from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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