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  • adj. characteristic of the bony face of a cadaver


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  • Her shadow settled over a picture in the open book, a large black-and-white image of a pale-faced, sunken-eyed man.


  • She talked about how she never wanted to go back to Gansevoort — “and work at some stupid shit-ass cash register on Patroon Street” — and when she got angry her face turned splotchy and she looked older and much more like the sunken-eyed, proud, unaccomplished inebriate that was her father.

    Gansevoort Ridge

  • All the comments about “skeletal” and “sunken-eyed” confirm my suspicion that clingy, shapeless clothes just make thin people look even more thin.

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  • The model in the photos is not just thin, she looks skeletal and sunken-eyed.

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  • At some point I reared up and actually went shopping, getting out after the light rain that greeted me this morning (what little was left of the morning by the time I rolled my sunken-eyed pasty corpus out of bed) but getting lightly sprinkled on the way back.

    And I passed through the day like a phantom, and ghosted into the night

  • In the market, vendors stood over their goods with big sticks in their hands, beating back the walking, sunken-eyed skeletons.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • There's Hazel Motes, the sunken-eyed Army veteran who tries to reject God by preaching "the Church of Christ Without Christ, where the blind don't see, the lame don't walk and what's dead stays that way."

    Flannery O'Connor: The "crippled hillbilly Emily Dickinson"

  • Speaking of Lord/Lady Douche Bag, as always the left seems to be bound by a code of civility that left politics before impeachment, when dealing with this sunken-eyed Sisyphus forever pushing a boulder the size of that goiter in his/her throat up the peak of cerebral instability.


  • They were all pale, flabby, sunken-eyed, hollow-chested, with eyes that glinted and shone and lips that were a sickly red by contrast.

    Sister Carrie

  • The head was sunken-eyed, hook-nosed, and unshaven, and—to judge from the smell of tobacco and stale sweat—unwashed for heaven knows how long.

    The Thief Taker


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