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Friday, January 15, 2010

pallid

\PAL-id\ , adjective;
1.
Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion.
2.
Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
3.
Lacking in vitality or interest.
Quotes:
The beam was dim by the time it reached the far wall, but the light was enough to illuminate the shape of a pallid and ghostly face, staring back at them through lifeless sockets.
-- Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol
She is a tall, languid young lady with a pallid, oval face and beautiful pale-blue-gray eyes; her hands are extraordinary--long-fingered, flexible, nervously elegant.
-- Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Between them the ground was bare and the naked chalk showed a pallid, dirty white under the cream-colored elder bloom.
-- Richard Adams, Watership Down: A Novel
Origin:
Pallid is from Latin pallidus "pale," from root of pallere "be pale".
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