from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Corpselike; hinting of death; imitating a cadaver

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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  • Those hells are therefore named accordingly; some are called cadaverous, some stercoraceous, some urinous, and so on.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Her cadaverous face drives her parents and friends to despair, but even so she refuses to feed herself.

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  • Vampires uncloaked, from ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘Twilight’ www. He was a tall, cadaverous old man with white hair and eyebrows so bushy they almost created a unibrow.

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  • Obama was always far more popular than the cadaverous Mr. Nelson.

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  • In the past I was used to seeing a statue or banner of the Virgen de Guadalupe hanging from a bus's rear-view mirror, but now often the cadaverous figure of La Santa Muerte has become more and more common.


  • I highlight the merits of pickling chicken feet only because poultry claws take on an intriguingly cadaverous look when pickled.

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  • These benighted souls have no idea how cadaverous and ghostly their ‘sanity’ appears as the intense throng of Dionysiac revelers sweeps past them p.

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