American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
- adj. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
- adj. Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull: pallid prose.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pale; wan; deficient in color: as, a pallid countenance.
- In botany, of a pale, indefinite color. Synonyms Wan, etc. (see
pale), colorless, ashy.
- adj. Appearing weak, pale, or wan.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Deficient in color; pale; wan.
- adj. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
- adj. lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness
- adj. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
- From Latin pallidus. (Wiktionary)
- Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When it becomes "civilized" it becomes anæmic, and crawls feebly in pallid mauves and greens, with long spindle stalks that lack vitality to throw out more than one or two atrophied leaves.”
“Unlike all other Dolomites that we have yet seen, the Croda Rossa, instead of being grey and pallid, is of a gloomy brownish and purplish hue, like the mountain known as "Black Stairs," near Enniscorthy, in Ireland.”
“And in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin the full species called the pallid sturgeon and the shovelnose sturgeon are indistinguishable by genetic analysis but have obvious morphological differences.”
“The quantity used was infinitesimal," said Mrs. Sinclair, "but it seems to have been enough to subdue what I once heard Sir John describe as the pallid solidity of the innocent calf.”
“There is still another variety, called the pallid horned lark, which spends the winter in Colorado, then hies himself farther north in summer to rear his brood.”
“And as you continue, you perceive what a serious misjudgment 'pallid' is.”
“Why does the poet call the bust of Pallas "pallid"?”
“I thought he looked kind of pallid, but it might have been only on account of the cigarette smoke.”
“Do you think it is anything after all but a kind of pallid, unreal, water-colour exhibition, a row of blurs of faintly coloured portraits of yourself, spread on space?”
“Though that's all a kind of pallid-faced, blue-tinted early evening sadness sort of thing.”
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