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livid

[liv-id] /ˈlɪv ɪd/
adjective
1.
having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise, congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face, flesh, hands, or nails.
2.
dull blue; dark, grayish-blue.
3.
enraged; furiously angry:
Willful stupidity makes me absolutely livid.
4.
feeling or appearing strangulated because of strong emotion.
5.
reddish or flushed.
6.
deathly pale; pallid; ashen:
Fear turned his cheeks livid for a moment.
Origin
1615-1625
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
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British Dictionary definitions for lividness

livid

/ˈlɪvɪd/
adjective
1.
(of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise or contusion
2.
of a greyish tinge or colour livid pink
3.
(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 lividness
livid
1622, "of a bluish-leaden color," from M.Fr. livide, from L. lividus, from livere "be bluish," from PIE *(s)liwos-, from base *(s)li- "bluish" (cf. O.C.S., Rus. sliva "plum;" Lith. slywas "plum;" O.Ir. li, Welsh lliw "color, splendor," O.E. sla "sloe"). The sense of "furiously angry" (1912) is from the notion of being livid with rage.
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lividness in Medicine

livid liv·id (lĭv'ĭd)
adj.
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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