danse macabre

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danse macabre (uncountable)

  1. (art) Also known as Dance of Death, a conventional subject in art, literature and drama, or a particular work in that style, in which death (in the form of a putrid corpse, skeleton, personified Death i.e. the Grim Reaper, or similar) is shown leading people of all social ranks (high and low) to the grave. It shows that whatever people may have in life, death comes to everybody alike, irrespective of their age, status ,or wealth or power.

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