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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 lividity
His motionless face has the lividity of wax; his lips are violet and half open.Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck|Jethro Bithell
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.The Trial of Callista Blake|Edgar Pangborn
A hiccough commenced; coldness of the extremities and lividity of the face followed, and continued three days before death.Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart|John Collins Warren
Insensibility, stertorous breathing, lividity of face and body, and death from asphyxia.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology|W. G. Aitchison Robertson