adjective /məˈkɑːbrə,məˈkɑːbə(ɹ),məˈkɑb,məˈkɑbɚ/
a) Representing or personifying death.

There are four fundamental figures. One is a man measuring and comparing his world In front of him is a macabre figure, a cadaver ready to be dissected. This symbolizes man serving mankind. The third figure is the scientist, the man who makes use of the information gathered in the first two fields of mensurable science.

b) Obsessed with death or the gruesome.

Indeed, in the 1854 draft of Tristan he planned to have Parzival visit the dying knight, and both operas display the same macabre obsession with bloody gore and festering wounds.

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