Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being livid.
  • n. A livid area of skin, such as a bruise, or as is often found on cadavers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being livid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being livid; the peculiar darkness of color exhibited by bruised flesh.

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

  • n. unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
  • n. a state of fury so great the face becomes discolored

Etymologies

From livid +‎ -ity; compare French lividité. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She would have been dead for a number of hours, then there would have been post-mortem evidence of signs, such as lividity, discoloration after death, and stiffness after death, and those were not present.

    CNN Transcript Mar 8, 2007

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

    In Mesopotamia

  • Al Schuler, one of 12 jurors weighing the fate of a 23-year-old charged with killing a homeless man in Maryland, was confused by the word "lividity" and what role it might have played in explaining the circumstances of the victim's beating death.

    Columbia Missourian: Latest Articles

  • Washington - Al Schuler, one of 12 jurors weighing the fate of a 23-year-old charged with killing a homeless man in Maryland, was confused by the word "lividity" and what role it might have played in explaining the circumstances of the victim's beating death.

    IOL Technology

  • The result is a purplish red discoloration known as lividity, or livor mortis, on the body’s “down” side.

    206 BONES

  • The guy in the photos with the lividity under the skin didn't get that way from not knowing how to mount a gun; he got it from unintentionally MIS mounting a gun.

    A Cautionary Hematoma Tale

  • “If there was fixed lividity at seven A.M., what is the minimum time that has elapsed since death?”

    In the Still of the Night

  • “She had to have been dead for at least three hours for that first lividity to become fixed.”

    In the Still of the Night

  • The blood settles and clots in the ‘first lividity.’

    In the Still of the Night

  • Then, in this case, there was a second lividity pattern when her body was moved hours after her death.

    In the Still of the Night

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