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[pal-id] /ˈpæl ɪd/
pale; faint or deficient in color; wan:
a pallid countenance.
lacking in vitality or interest:
a pallid musical performance.
Origin of pallid
1580-90; < Latin pallidus sallow, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -idus -id4
Related forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, noun
1. See pale1 . Unabridged
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  • He stared at it pallidly, like Macbeth at the ghost of Banquo.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Old Jerry had never before seen her in a rage; he had never before seen anybody so terribly, pallidly violent.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • Before him rose as in a vision the awful tree, the heavy drops on its damp leaves, its poisoned fruits, pallidly illuminated.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Billy Chope, half-way across the floor, recoiled from the corpse, and glared at it pallidly from the doorway.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • She had the pallidly dusky skin of a Eurasian, but, by virtue of nature or artifice, her cheeks wore a peachlike bloom.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Up from it thrust a mountainous forest of the pallidly radiant cones; bristling; prodigious.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • It was a pallidly greenish creature with a small head and enormous eyes.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
  • After lunch the latter fell asleep in his chair on the porch, pallidly insensible of the sparkling flood of afternoon.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Many gigantic and pallidly white birds flew continuously now from beyond the veil, and their scream was the eternal Tekeli-li!

  • She stood there, pallidly uncertain, looking on the conflagration love had wrought.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for pallidly


lacking colour or brightness; wan: a pallid complexion
lacking vigour; vapid: a pallid performance
Derived Forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, pallidity, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale1
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Word Origin and History for pallidly



"lacking color," 1580s, from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless," from root of pallere "be pale" (see pallor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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