danse macabre

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Borrowing from French danse macabre

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danse macabre (plural danses macabres)

  1. (art) 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, the Grim Reaper, etc) is shown leading people to the grave.

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