Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or condition of being pale; wanness; defect of color; want of freshness or ruddiness; whiteness of look.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or condition of being pale; want of freshness or ruddiness; a sickly whiteness; lack of color or luster; wanness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The condition or degree of being pale or of lacking color.

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

  • noun the property of having a naturally light complexion
  • noun being deficient in color
  • noun unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)

Etymologies

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pale +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Mr. Geach has seen Malays when terrified turn pale and shake; and Mr. Brough Smyth states that a native Australian "being on one occasion much frightened, showed a complexion as nearly approaching to what we call paleness, as can well be conceived in the case of a very black man."

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • Beyond a sign of wealth, paleness is held in high regard within circles of the hipsterdom's intellectual elite.

    Verena von Pfetten: Tan Is The New Tacky

  • Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.

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  • Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Sicily more terrible, or did the sword that hung from the gilded cornice strike more dread into the princely neck beneath it, than the voice which whispers to the heart, 'We are going, going down a precipice,' and the ghastly inward paleness, which is a mystery, even to the wife of our heart?

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • Next to this charming tenuity, perhaps her paleness was her most noticeable trait.

    The Pit: A Story of Chicago

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