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[pal-id] /ˈpæl ɪd/
pale; faint or deficient in color; wan:
a pallid countenance.
lacking in vitality or interest:
a pallid musical performance.
Origin of pallid
1580-90; < Latin pallidus sallow, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -idus -id4
Related forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, noun
1. See pale1 . Unabridged
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  • The rage was gone out of his eyes, which were closed, and the blood had left the cheeks, which were pallid.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet Walter Besant and James Rice
  • His pallid, thin face was set in an aspect of grieved wonder.

  • Finally he turned and stared at Miss Thorne, who, pallid and weary, stood looking on.

    Elusive Isabel Jacques Futrelle
  • His lips were pallid, and his hands were tightly clasped together.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • His noble, pallid face seemed to burn with its own pale light, but his eyes were in darkness.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • She had dropped the piece of sewing, her hands were clenched, her face wet and pallid.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for pallid


lacking colour or brightness; wan: a pallid complexion
lacking vigour; vapid: a pallid performance
Derived Forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, pallidity, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale1
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Word Origin and History for pallid

"lacking color," 1580s, from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless," from root of pallere "be pale" (see pallor).

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