Macabre – Jewish rebels

Macabre – Disturbing because concerned with or causing a fear of death.

Macabre is derived from the Latin word ‘Maccabees’ – who were the leaders of a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea in around 164 BCE (Maccabee was a family name). The Greeks thought they were pretty horrid and used the phrase ‘Machabæorum’ which meant ‘dance with the Maccabees’ to mean a grim ordeal, this later became ‘Danse Macabre’ in Old French, from then on ‘danse’ and ‘macabre’ were treated as two different parts.

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