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anemic

or a·nae·mic

[uh-nee-mik]
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adjective
  1. Pathology. suffering from anemia.
  2. lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak: an anemic effort; anemic tones.

Origin of anemic

First recorded in 1830–40; anem(ia) + -ic
Related formsa·ne·mi·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·ne·mic, adjectivepseu·do·a·ne·mic, adjectiveun·a·ne·mic, adjective
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  • Indeed it was anemically green; uneven, hacked and ragged; shorn of its emerald beauty.


British Dictionary definitions for anemically

anemic

adjective
  1. the usual US spelling of anaemic
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Word Origin and History for anemically

anemic

adj.

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

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