American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Suggestive of death; corpselike: a cadaverous odor.
- adj. Of corpselike pallor; pallid: "I saw a cadaverous face appear at a small window” ( Charles Dickens).
- adj. Emaciated; gaunt: a cadaverous mongrel picking through the garbage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a dead body; especially, having the appearance or color of the body of a dead person; pale; wan; ghastly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the appearance or color of a dead human body; pale; ghastly.
- adj. Of or pertaining to, or having the qualities of, a dead body.
- adj. of or relating to a cadaver or corpse
- adj. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
- cadaver + -ous (Wiktionary)
“I keep thinking the word cadaverous but I know that’s wrong because I just like saying cadavers.”
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“Before he went, he formally thanked his wife -- who hardly spoke to him unless she was obliged -- for her attention to his mother, and then lingered a little, looking no less "cadaverous," certainly, than when he had gone away, and apparently desiring to say more.”
“Later, they would fall out over Louisa's desire to wear rouge in order to attenuate the "cadaverous" pallor of her complexion, which offended her husband's puritan sensibilities.”
“Her cadaverous face drives her parents and friends to despair, but even so she refuses to feed herself.”
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