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anaemic

[uh-nee-mik] /əˈni mɪk/
adjective
1.
Related forms
nonanaemic, adjective
pseudoanaemic, adjective
unanaemic, adjective

anemic

or anaemic

[uh-nee-mik] /əˈni mɪk/
adjective
1.
Pathology. suffering from anemia.
2.
lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak:
an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Origin of anemic
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; anem(ia) + -ic
Related forms
anemically, adverb
nonanemic, adjective
pseudoanemic, adjective
unanemic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anaemic
Historical Examples
  • I had tended her day and night, and this, in addition to the grief I was suffering, made me anaemic.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The uniform paleness of her complexion was not that of an anaemic girl.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Do you imagine that this anaemic youth was capable of so frightful an assault?

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A gaunt, anaemic southerner, who was with the party of idlers, spoke up.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Young lovers were pale and anaemic beside that long-married pair.

  • The Rices were known by their anaemic pallor, the Prunes by their congested skins.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • What has such a genial creature in common with our anaemic and woolly generation?

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Within a few months perhaps they are pale, anaemic, listless.

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr
  • She had sacrificed her bloom to her babies, and was pallid and anaemic.

    A Woman of the World Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • "Don't you be in too much hurry about that door," said the anaemic cabman, anxiously.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for anaemic

anaemic

/əˈniːmɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to or suffering from anaemia
2.
pale and sickly looking; lacking vitality

anemic

/əˈniːmɪk/
adjective
1.
the usual US spelling of anaemic
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Word Origin and History for anaemic
adj.

c.1840; see anaemia + -ic. Figurative sense by 1898.

anemic

adj.

alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemic (q.v.). See ae.

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