- of or like a corpse.
- pale; ghastly.
- haggard and thin.
Origin of cadaverous
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Examples from the Web for cadaverous
There was a silence in which Caradoc stood tall and cadaverous as a ghost.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Save for the extreme, cadaverous pallor, there was no mark of death.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
In the small circle of light a long, cadaverous face appeared.The End of Time
"Of a pale and cadaverous aspect," continued the gen-d'arme.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
I dressed, looking like the cadaverous ghost I felt myself to be.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly
- thin and haggard; gaunt
Word Origin and History for cadaverous
"looking like a corpse," early 15c., from Latin cadaverosus "corpse-like," from cadaver (see cadaver). Related: Cadaverously; cadaverousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Suggestive of death; corpselike.
- Having a corpselike pallor.
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