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pall1

[pawl] /pɔl/
noun
1.
a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
2.
a coffin.
3.
anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. pallium (def 2b).
  2. a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
5.
Heraldry. pairle.
6.
Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
7.
Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cover with or as with a pall.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English pæll pope's pallium < Latin pallium cloak
Related forms
pall-like, adjective
Synonyms
3. shadow, melancholy, oppression.

pall2

[pawl] /pɔl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
2.
to become distasteful or unpleasant.
3.
to become satiated or cloyed with something.
verb (used with object)
4.
to satiate or cloy.
5.
to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English pallen; aphetic variant of appall
Synonyms
4. glut, sate, surfeit.
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Examples for pall
  • December's industrial-production figures cast a pall over the euro area's economies.
  • Vultures and the stench of carrion drifted over the marsh like a pall.
  • Perry said Thursday's incident still cast a pall over the community.
  • The follies of the nouveaux riches are fun but eventually pall.
  • In praising everyday objects, she adopts a one-note wonderment that can pall.
  • Two issues have cast a pall over the run-up to the championships.
  • Instead a black pall of mourning hangs over the capital.
  • Defined by what happens to them, not by who they are, Loader's characters pall quickly.
  • Nor, pall'd with its own fullness, ebb'd and died.
  • The Ohio procession moved under the added pall of darkness and heavy rain.
British Dictionary definitions for pall

pall1

/pɔːl/
noun
1.
a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
2.
a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
3.
a dark heavy covering; shroud the clouds formed a pall over the sky
4.
a depressing or oppressive atmosphere her bereavement cast a pall on the party
5.
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
6.
(Christianity)
  1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
  2. an archaic word for pallium (sense 2)
7.
an obsolete word for cloak
verb
8.
(transitive) to cover or depress with a pall
Word Origin
Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium

pall2

/pɔːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to) history classes palled on me
2.
to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
Word Origin
C14: variant of appal
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Word Origin and History for pall
n.

Old English pæll "rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth," from Latin pallium "cloak, coverlet, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over a coffin" (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).

v.

"become tiresome," 1700, from Middle English pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall). Related: Palled; palling.

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