Definition of cadaverous in English:



  • Very pale, thin, or bony.

    ‘he was gaunt and cadaverous’
    • ‘Here too, there was an urgent and primal need to manage the dark, yet in our night, tonight, the quiet darkness outside is replaced by a frantic and cadaverous light, and an overheated, yet archaic buzz.’
    • ‘A lone cadaverous figure standing near a nervous blindfolded donkey was seen centered in the destroyed fields.’
    • ‘Stubble adorned his thin, cadaverous, scarred face, and remnants of blood stained the ends of his hair.’
    • ‘When you're about 60, the penalty for remaining rockstar-thin is a cadaverous face and hollow cheeks.’
    • ‘Peter shuffled his cadaverous form into the passenger side while I dumped the last of our provisions in the trunk.’
    • ‘When she looked at him again, her face was cadaverous.’
    • ‘She is skeletally thin, with hollow, cadaverous eyes and cheeks.’
    • ‘I couldn't have said whether it was the reflection of the snow or something else that gave his face a sickly, cadaverous tint.’
    • ‘Some bouts of serious illness left him with a cadaverous appearance that only enhanced his charisma.’
    • ‘I now have new images whenever I see a cadaverous academic.’
    • ‘Six foot tall, slim and with a deceptive unassuming air, his blond hair and cadaverous cheek bones say rampant sex drive packaged as boy next door.’
    • ‘The body's face was cadaverous and melting, the eyes the only prominent feature.’
    • ‘We fine cadaverous fellows do not share your enthusiasm for the sanctity of life, for obvious reasons.’
    • ‘But a cadaverous light does suffuse her brushy work.’
    • ‘But the cadaverous count does not seem happy about the prospect of moving.’
    • ‘One of the lads is looking a bit cadaverous these days.’
    • ‘You understand why he looked cadaverous long before April 3, 2000, when an assassin cut him down.’
    • ‘He further concluded that these cadaverous particles could adhere to the hands of physicians and thus be transferred to the women, thereby transmitting puerperal fever.’
    • ‘Next to my large and robust American seat mates, I must have looked positively cadaverous.’
    • ‘Victims suffered from bad breath, a loathsome cadaverous stink from within according to one contemporary, and other symptoms included high fever, acute stomach pains and bluish black spots on the body.’
    pallid, white, bloodless, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, corpse-like, deathlike, ghostly
    very thin, as thin as a rake, bony, skeletal, emaciated, skin-and-bones, scrawny, scraggy, raw-boned, haggard, gaunt, drawn, pinched, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed
    like death warmed up, like a bag of bones, anorexic
    livid, etiolated, lymphatic, exsanguinous, starveling, macilent
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Late Middle English: from Latin cadaverosus, from cadaver corpse.