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livid

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adjective
  1. having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise, congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face, flesh, hands, or nails.
  2. dull blue; dark, grayish-blue.
  3. enraged; furiously angry: Willful stupidity makes me absolutely livid.
  4. feeling or appearing strangulated because of strong emotion.
  5. reddish or flushed.
  6. deathly pale; pallid; ashen: Fear turned his cheeks livid for a moment.
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Origin of livid

1615–25; < Latin līvidus black and blue, equivalent to līv(ēre) to be livid (akin to Welsh lliw color) + -idus -id4
Related formsliv·id·ly, adverbliv·id·ness, li·vid·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for lividity

Historical Examples

  • A kind of lividity spread over the picture, bleaching it of all colour.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

  • The lividity, yes; but one could think of that as simply the shadow of death.

  • Syncope may be distinguished from apoplexy by the absence of stertorous breathing and lividity of the visible mucous membranes.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Insensibility, stertorous breathing, lividity of face and body, and death from asphyxia.

  • A great muddy cloud, like to the belly of a hydra, hung over ocean, and in places its lividity adhered to the waves.


British Dictionary definitions for lividity

livid

adjective
  1. (of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise or contusion
  2. of a greyish tinge or colourlivid pink
  3. informal angry or furious
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Derived Formslividly, adverblividness or lividity, noun

Word Origin

C17: via French from Latin līvidus, from līvēre to be black and blue
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Word Origin and History for lividity

livid

adj.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lividity in Medicine

livid

(lĭvĭd)
adj.
  1. Having a black-and-blue or a leaden or ashy-gray color, as in discoloration from a contusion, congestion, or cyanosis.
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