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1(of a person's face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness:‘Eleanor's ashen face’
pale, wan, pasty, grey, leaden, colourless, sallow, pallid, white, waxen, ghostlypale-faced, ashen-faced, grey-faced, anaemic, bloodlessetiolated, lymphaticView synonyms
- ‘His face was ashen, and he didn't say a word for several minutes.’
- ‘His face was ashen by this point, and he could barely hear his own voice.’
- ‘As soon as I reached my work place I saw ashen faces and tears in the eyes of my colleagues.’
- ‘His ashen face was animated by genuine interest.’
- ‘Their faces were ashen, sorrow staring back from hollow eyes.’
- ‘Erik nodded, his eyes still locked on his father's ashen face.’
- ‘He had a shock of dark blue hair that, yesterday, had blond roots, and his smooth skin was an ashen color, suggesting that he'd been sick for a long time.’
- ‘Jasmine had a blanket around her shoulders, her face ashen white.’
- ‘Days later, pictures of the residents' ashen faces were plastered over the papers and broadcast on the news every night, invariably showing tightly strapped face-masks.’
- ‘This Pastor was an older, gaunter man; his face was ashen and he seemed very weary, having been worn down by the endless petitions of the last few days.’
- ‘Daphne freezes, seeing the sudden fear on her father's ashen face.’
- ‘Utter terror was conveyed across his ashen face.’
- ‘She turns to look at him; his face is ashen, and there is a cigarette in his hand.’
- ‘His face was ashen white and the grip he had on my sleeve tightened.’
- ‘When he saw her ashen face, concerned flooded him.’
- ‘His face was ashen, a yellowish grey color that spoke of death.’
- ‘The ashen face in the bed twisted in pain, pale lips parting and pressing together.’
- ‘Katie's face was pale and ashen and her eyes were glassy.’
- ‘The rest of us just continue to be stressed out, over worked, ashen and grey faced and up to our necks in debt.’
- ‘Giovanni sighed, smiling happily, which added color to his ashen cheeks.’
- ‘His face was ashen as she started to advance upon him.’
- ‘His face was ashen white, and he looked like a ghost, his skin almost translucent.’
2literary Of or resembling ashes:‘the ashen colour of the landscape’‘the ashen morning sky’
- ‘A thin plume of ashen smoke drifts into the crystalline sky.’
Made of timber from the ash tree.
- ‘I slopped the stuff on and miraculously the ashen timbers of our bench and table suite turned slowly back to a healthy brown.’
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