Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pallidity; paleness; wanness. Synonyms See
- n. The characteristic of being pallid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being pallid; paleness; pallor; wanness.
- n. unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
- pallid + -ness (Wiktionary)
“While this pallidness was burning aloft, few words were heard from the enchanted crew; who in one thick cluster stood on the forecastle, all their eyes gleaming in that pale phosphorescence, like a faraway constellation of stars.”
“The tableau all waned at last with the pallidness aloft; and once more the Pequod and every soul on her decks were wrapped in a pall.”
“Five shillings each to watch the burning blush of shame chasing pallidness from poverty's wan cheek!”
“Her complexion may be light or dark, according to fancy; but her interesting pallidness may occasionally be relieved by a hectic flush, yet more interesting.”
“The pallidness of the European beauties, sickly as the clime, disgusted him -- their venality still more.”
“As he turned his face to one side, I saw that a few, but very few hot tears had been forced from his glassy and blood-shot eyes; and in his writhings he had scratched one cheek against his iron bedstead, the red discoloration of which contrasted sadly with the deathly pallidness of hue, which his visage now showed: during his struggles, one shoe had come off, and lay unheeded on the damp stone-floor.”
“He was powerfully moved; his countenance changed from its usual pallidness to strong suffusion; his hands rather tossed than waved in the air.”
“ The words were no sooner uttered than every countenance assumed the pallidness of death; and every right hand was raised in the act of blessing the person, and crossing the forehead.”
“Wallace turned to Lady Mar with an inquiring look of such wild horror, that she found her tongue cleave to the roof of her mouth, and her complexion faded into the pallidness of his.”
“His co-voyageur was without curiosity; the former pallidness and silentness resumed their dominion over him, and the lesser gentleman settled moodily back to his newspaper.”
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