Definition of cadaverous in English:



  • Very pale, thin, or bony.

    ‘he was gaunt and 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.’
    • ‘When she looked at him again, her face was cadaverous.’
    • ‘But the cadaverous count does not seem happy about the prospect of moving.’
    • ‘Some bouts of serious illness left him with a cadaverous appearance that only enhanced his charisma.’
    • ‘A lone cadaverous figure standing near a nervous blindfolded donkey was seen centered in the destroyed fields.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You understand why he looked cadaverous long before April 3, 2000, when an assassin cut him down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stubble adorned his thin, cadaverous, scarred face, and remnants of blood stained the ends of his hair.’
    • ‘Next to my large and robust American seat mates, I must have looked positively cadaverous.’
    • ‘One of the lads is looking a bit cadaverous these days.’
    • ‘I couldn't have said whether it was the reflection of the snow or something else that gave his face a sickly, cadaverous tint.’
    • ‘The body's face was cadaverous and melting, the eyes the only prominent feature.’
    • ‘She is skeletally thin, with hollow, cadaverous eyes and cheeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    pale, deathly pale, pallid, white, bloodless, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, corpse-like, deathlike, ghostly
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Late Middle English: from Latin cadaverosus, from cadaver ‘corpse’.