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[liv-id] /ˈlɪv ɪd/
having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise, congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face, flesh, hands, or nails.
dull blue; dark, grayish-blue.
enraged; furiously angry:
Willful stupidity makes me absolutely livid.
feeling or appearing strangulated because of strong emotion.
reddish or flushed.
deathly pale; pallid; ashen:
Fear turned his cheeks livid for a moment.
Origin of livid
1615-25; < Latin līvidus black and blue, equivalent to līv(ēre) to be livid (akin to Welsh lliw color) + -idus -id4
Related forms
lividly, adverb
lividness, lividity, noun Unabridged
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  • This horse was of a livid, cadaverous hue, denoting an agent of ghastly, terrible nature.

  • They were cloven, it was true, but the cleavages were great ulcers and livid putrefactions.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • He was still unconscious, livid; but the school-teacher appeared to feel no alarm.

    Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • I could see that his face was livid with rage, and that he was directing himself to attack me.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • They stood staring at each other; and slowly the wine-dark flush faded from his face and left him livid.

British Dictionary definitions for livid


(of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise or contusion
of a greyish tinge or colour: livid pink
(informal) angry or furious
Derived Forms
lividly, adverb
lividness, lividity, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin līvidus, from līvēre to be black and blue
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Word Origin and History for livid

early 15c., "of a bluish-leaden color," from Middle French livide and directly from Latin lividus "of a bluish color, black and blue," figuratively "envious, spiteful, malicious," from livere "be bluish," earlier *slivere, from PIE *sliwo-, suffixed form of root *(s)leie- "bluish" (cf. Old Church Slavonic and Russian sliva "plum;" Lithuanian slywas "plum;" Old Irish li, Welsh lliw "color, splendor," Old English sla "sloe"). The sense of "furiously angry" (1912) is from the notion of being livid with rage.

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livid in Medicine

livid liv·id (lĭv'ĭd)
Having a black-and-blue or a leaden or ashy-gray color, as in discoloration from a contusion, congestion, or cyanosis.

li·vid'i·ty or liv'id·ness n.
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