American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Extreme or unnatural paleness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Paleness; wanness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Paleness; want of color; pallidity.
- n. unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
- From Latin pallor ("paleness, pallor"), from palleō ("I am or look pale, blanch"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pallour, from Old French palor, from Latin pallor, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even though Freeman's lovely caramel pallor is at odds with these facts, he nonetheless projects the necessary authority to play America’s most-celebrated military and civil leader.”
“Do this by wasting money every two weeks on at least one expensive rouge lipstick that, once you have left the shop, turns out to be too berry, too Royal Mail-box red, too silt puddle brown or too zany raspberry for your skin pallor.”
“He has a tendency to lose his temper and order God to curse people with his skin pallor.”
“At his watchful distance, her pallor was a beacon, a broadcast resonance.”
“I assumed her pallor was the result of being indoors all the time and that the blue vein that beat wildly at her temple was a kind of inner metronome.”
“The pallor might be the result of emotion, or it might be natural.”
“It was anger that had seized Mrs. Strickland, and her pallor was the pallor of a cold and sudden rage.”
“The pallor is the pallor of hardship, often of the lack of the right kind of nourishment, but the stillness is not the result of inward personal calm and peace.”
“We both, she and I, took after our mother, were broad shouldered, strongly built, and capable of endurance, but her pallor was a sign of ill-health; she often had a cough, and I sometimes caught in her face that look one sees in people who are seriously ill, but for some reason conceal the fact.”
“Her pallor was the pallor of death; the convulsions began once more.”
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