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  • adv. In a pale manner; lightly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a pale manner; dimly; wanly; not freshly or ruddily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With paleness; with a pale or wan look or appearance.

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

  • adv. in a manner lacking interest or vitality
  • adv. in a pale manner; without physical or emotional color


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  • Simmering palely over the huge oval stage like morning mist, tutus spread out like water lilies, they work the poetic metaphors of the titular lake more thoroughly than any production I know.

    Swan Lake

  • This pallid, anemic Rod-husk seems to have been drained of the life-force, palely loitering, limp and impotent, on the fringes of abject submission to the Guardian-Independent ethos of brillo-bearded, sandal-shod, bleeding-heart piety.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • Here the American comic atheist rises up: unencumbered, disenthralled, in rude existential health, not huddled palely in some priest-ridden twilight but soaking up the UV of reality.

    An Atheist Walks Into a Bar …

  • They came at her, faces too much in shadow to see more than palely gleaming eyes.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • She was standing at the very edge of the place where the circles joined, magic glowing palely at her feet.

    The Demons Covenant

  • I went along to see Ivan, who was sitting palely in his study while noises from his bedroom next door suggested bed-making and the tidying of bottles.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff

  • There was a peach-coloured cloth and napkins on the breakfast table, palely echoing the heavy curtains drawn back from the window.

    Politics 101

  • He had taken off shoes and socks; his bare feet at the other end of the blanket stuck up palely in the darkness.


  • It head flickers palely with the moonlight that Wayland Smith; hammered into the steel.

    The Clique

  • It is full of feelings – full of sadness, regret, and ultimately, hopefulness – but they are palely lurking behind the page, hiding between the lines.

    Archive 2007-07-01


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