- of or like a corpse.
- pale; ghastly.
- haggard and thin.
Origin of cadaverous
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- of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly
- thin and haggard; gaunt
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Word Origin and History for cadaverousness
"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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