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Dance of death   /dæns əv dɛθ/   Listen
Dance of death

noun
1.
A medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave.  Synonym: danse macabre.






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"Dance of death" Quotes from Famous Books



... tout ensemble in full and complete form, they are a drama of Eastern life and a Dance of Death made sublime by faith and the highest emotions, by the certainty of expiation and the fulness of atoning equity, where virtue is victorious, vice is vanquished and the ways of Allah are justified to man. They are a panorama which remains kenspeckle upon the mental retina. They form ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 6 • Richard F. Burton

... object near the window;—a crack of this was open, no doubt, and some breath of wind stirred the hanging folds. In my excited state, I seemed to see something ominous in that arm pointing to the heavens. I thought of the figures in the Dance of Death at Basle, and that other on the panels of the covered Bridge at Lucerne; and it seemed to me that the grim mask who mingles with every crowd and glides over every threshold was pointing the sick man to his far home, and would soon ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 25, November, 1859 • Various

... wronged you first, and began First the dance of death that you dance so well? Soul for soul: and I think the soul of a man Shall answer for ...
— Silhouettes • Arthur Symons

... by way of Montpelier to Cette, with that rapidity which a train possesses in France; you fly there as though for a wager with the wild huntsman. I involuntarily remembered that at Basle, at the corner of a street where formerly the celebrated Dance of Death was painted, there is written up in large letters "Dance of Death," and on the opposite corner "Way to the Railroad." This singular juxtaposition just at the frontiers of France, gives play to the fancy; in this rushing flight it came into my ...
— The True Story of My Life • Hans Christian Andersen



Words linked to "Dance of death" :   ritual dance, ritual dancing, danse macabre, ceremonial dance



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