- having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise, congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face, flesh, hands, or nails.
- dull blue; dark, grayish-blue.
- enraged; furiously angry: Willful stupidity makes me absolutely livid.
- feeling or appearing strangulated because of strong emotion.
- reddish or flushed.
- deathly pale; pallid; ashen: Fear turned his cheeks livid for a moment.
Origin of livid
Examples from the Web for lividity
A kind of lividity spread over the picture, bleaching it of all colour.In Mesopotamia
The lividity, yes; but one could think of that as simply the shadow of death.The Trial of Callista Blake
Syncope may be distinguished from apoplexy by the absence of stertorous breathing and lividity of the visible mucous membranes.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Insensibility, stertorous breathing, lividity of face and body, and death from asphyxia.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
A great muddy cloud, like to the belly of a hydra, hung over ocean, and in places its lividity adhered to the waves.The Man Who Laughs</p>
- (of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise or contusion
- of a greyish tinge or colourlivid pink
- informal angry or furious
Word Origin and History for lividity
early 15c., "of a bluish-leaden color," from Middle French livide and directly from Latin lividus "of a bluish color, black and blue," figuratively "envious, spiteful, malicious," from livere "be bluish," earlier *slivere, from PIE *sliwo-, suffixed form of root *(s)leie- "bluish" (cf. Old Church Slavonic and Russian sliva "plum;" Lithuanian slywas "plum;" Old Irish li, Welsh lliw "color, splendor," Old English sla "sloe"). The sense of "furiously angry" (1912) is from the notion of being livid with rage.
- Having a black-and-blue or a leaden or ashy-gray color, as in discoloration from a contusion, congestion, or cyanosis.