- 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
Related Words for lividenraged, mad, incensed, furious, indignant, blanched, bloodless, colorless, dusky, gloomy, grisly, leaden, lurid, murky, pallid, pasty, wan, waxen, ashy, greyish
Examples from the Web for livid
Contemporary Examples of livid
But a group of livid fans—over 45,000 of them, actually—are still lobbying to “Bring Beth Back!”‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Demand: Bring Back Beth!
December 11, 2014
While this will be some comfort to the Queen, she will likely still be livid at the news.Queen's Horse Tests Positive For Morphine
July 22, 2014
Opie is devastated, Anthony is unrepentant, and their fans are livid and seeking revenge.Fans Rage Over Opie Minus Anthony
July 8, 2014
He was “livid” because “I was better than most of the guys they were picking.”Peyton Manning Vs. Richard Sherman
January 31, 2014
Now, imagine a speech that had excited Democrats, that had had something surprising in it, something that made Republicans livid.Will Obama Ever Play Hardball?
January 29, 2014
Historical Examples of livid
His face was livid, and great beads of perspiration stood on his brow.In the Midst of Alarms
This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
His cheek was livid, his eyes closed, his chest heaved wildly.Calderon The Courtier
I felt that I was pale and then livid, with a will that was determined to conquer.My Double Life
Eve, livid, with wildly staring eyes, did not seem to understand.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise or contusion
- of a greyish tinge or colourlivid pink
- informal angry or furious
Word Origin for livid
Word Origin and History for livid
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.