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Origin of livid
historical usage of livid
In the early 18th century, English livid somehow developed the further senses “pale, deathly pale,” as from cold or in death, with no connotation of blueness. Then in the first half of the 19th century, livid came to mean “pale with rage or fury,” which is confusing because an angry person’s face can just as well be described as “purple with rage” or “red with fury.” Livid finally acquired the simple meaning “enraged, furiously angry” in the late 19th century.
Līvidus comes from the same Proto-Indo-European root slī- (suffixed form slī-wo- ) “bluish” as appears in Old English slāh (English sloe, as in sloe gin fizz, a drink that has never gone away). Slī-wo- appears in Slavic (Serbo-Croatian) šljiva “plum” (from its color), from which the pale fruit brandy šljivovica “slivovitz” is distilled.
OTHER WORDS FROM lividliv·id·ly, adverbliv·id·ness, li·vid·i·ty, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for livid
But a group of livid fans—over 45,000 of them, actually—are still lobbying to “Bring Beth Back!”
While this will be some comfort to the Queen, she will likely still be livid at the news.
Opie is devastated, Anthony is unrepentant, and their fans are livid and seeking revenge.
He was “livid” because “I was better than most of the guys they were picking.”
Now, imagine a speech that had excited Democrats, that had had something surprising in it, something that made Republicans livid.
Amedee, with his livid complexion and haggard from a sleepless night and tears, was pitiful to see.A Romance of Youth, Complete|Francois Coppee
The great curled flames and the livid vapours closed around her; she never moved.
At least the fog, which seemed to lend a bluish-grey shade to all complexions, allowed his own livid cheek to pass unnoticed.Gabriel Conroy|Bert Harte
Her livid lips quivered in their last effort as she besought him to pay her debts, and sometimes to remember her.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
The man who had been horsewhipped by the Ranger was livid with rage.Oh, You Tex!|William Macleod Raine