from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Skin discoloration, as from a bruise, or occurring after death.
  • n. Malice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Malignity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Envy; malignity.
  • n. plural The parts of skin in a corpse discolored by the hypostatic accumulation of blood.
  • n. Lividity; the mark of a blow.


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From Latin līvor.


  • Her calf was discolored—the purplish stain of developing livor mortis as blood settled to the lower limbs.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Skin Deep

  • The paramedics checked for lividity—the livor mortis that occurs when the heart stops beating and blood sinks to the lowest part of the body, eventually leaving fixed purplish-red stains or striated marks there.

    In the Still of the Night

  • MICHAEL ARNALL, FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST: Dr. Baden is going to use rigor mortis or the stiffening of the body, livor mortis, or the settling of blood due to gravity, the temperature of the body, and if they know what the family ate for dinner, possibly the gastric emptying time.

    CNN Transcript Jun 10, 2009

  • Hi Sean, at the risk of sounding jealous, envious, and green with livor, I have to say I do not rate your blog as awesome.

    Top-Ten List

  • Late patet invidiae foecundae pernities, et livor radix omnium malorum, fons cladium, inde odium surgit emulatio Cyprian, ser.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Ambrose, a canker of the soul, an hidden plague: [1812] Bernard, a secret poison, the father of livor, and mother of hypocrisy, the moth of holiness, and cause of madness, crucifying and disquieting all that it takes hold of.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • To see a man protest friendship, kiss his hand, [366] quem mallet truncatum videre, [367] smile with an intent to do mischief, or cozen him whom he salutes, [368] magnify his friend unworthy with hyperbolical eulogiums; his enemy albeit a good man, to vilify and disgrace him, yea all his actions, with the utmost that livor and malice can invent.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • GRACE: Don ` t they get livor mortis from depending on what position they ` re lying in, the blood settles downward in the body?

    CNN Transcript Nov 10, 2006

  • They ` re going to look at -- the first thing, the algor mortis, rigor mortis, and livor mortis.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2005

  • Scarpetta pointsout the livor mortis pattern, a reddish-purple discoloration caused by noncirculating blood settling due to gravity.



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