Definition of livid in English:



  • 1Furiously angry.

    ‘he was livid that Garry had escaped’
    • ‘Both were angry, more livid than she could imagine.’
    • ‘Aides say he was fuming, so livid that he almost refused to come out to talk to the crowd.’
    • ‘Ryder was seriously moving past furious to livid.’
    • ‘And I am enraged, horrified, livid that someone would doubt this.’
    • ‘Her eyes grew livid with anger and she reached for the phone.’
    • ‘He was livid, cross with himself, and frustrated.’
    • ‘Joyce isn't speaking with ‘sly humour’ but with livid anger that a tradesman is delaying his book's publication.’
    • ‘He looks livid, however, and I'm dreading the angry shouting that I'll probably get to look forward to later tonight.’
    • ‘A quiet street was left resembling a scrapyard after an irate motorist, apparently livid at not finding a parking spot outside his house, went berserk and smashed up all the cars on the street.’
    • ‘I was infuriated at being restrained like this, and absolutely livid that they had taken Gabriel away… maybe even killed him.’
    • ‘After I left the office, I was livid with anger, and would have shoved anyone's head down a toilet if they had as much as said a word to me.’
    • ‘He was livid, furious at his father and his anger grew with every tear his mother shed.’
    • ‘I am incensed, I am livid, I am wide awake at 3.20 in the morning Thursday writing this email.’
    • ‘I was livid with anger; desperately trying to maintain my composure in the face of blatant bigotry, and extreme ignorance on the verge of stupidity.’
    • ‘It's a saying that makes women livid with frustration and anger at the unfairness of life, while men can remain smugly secure in their bald spot.’
    • ‘My buddy told me that Abe was livid with anger, but he hid it, and continued to talk to Barney as though nothing untoward had been said!’
    • ‘Alex was livid, visibly shaking with anger and terror.’
    • ‘The parlor doors burst open, and Ashton strode inside, looking livid with anger.’
    • ‘He was absolutely livid, fuming at the station staff who couldn't advise him when his next train would be.’
    • ‘It remains a solitary recorded example of coffee-table trip-hop fans erupting in a livid wave of anger - the musical equivalent of assistant librarians rioting.’
    furious, angry, infuriated, irate, fuming, raging, seething, incensed, enraged, angered, beside oneself, wrathful, ireful, maddened, cross, annoyed, irritated, exasperated, indignant
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  • 2Dark bluish grey in colour.

    ‘livid bruises’
    • ‘There's been a colour-shift giving them a rather livid hue as if they had all been bruised in a fight for survival.’
    • ‘There was a fresh livid purple bruise under his ear, as though he'd been in a fight.’
    • ‘Among them, nevertheless, are children still in wheelchairs, adults with crutches, a solicitous woman whose face and arms are speckled still with the dark, livid marks left by flying glass.’
    • ‘Dark marks ringed the boy's bony wrist, livid against pale flesh.’
    • ‘The colours come straight from the furnace: ochre, livid purple and charcoal, culminating in the fierce heat of dusk when the dying sun sets fire to the ridgetops.’
    • ‘She stroked her long brown hair, making sure it covered the livid bruise on her cheek.’
    • ‘Her skin was still pale with the exception of the livid bruises that dotted her body.’
    • ‘They were also concerned that Mrs Holland had a livid bruise on her jaw and had lost a tooth as a result of an assault the previous week.’
    • ‘He had a livid bruise on his cheek, which was swooned over by many admirers.’
    • ‘His body in livid bruises is depicted against the background of Poland's national flag.’
    • ‘There was a large and livid bruise on the left side of her face, where he had hit her, and a cut on the opposite cheek, which he hadn't seen before, where she had hit the floor.’
    • ‘A female teaching colleague once showed me her legs, arms and torso covered in livid bruises.’
    • ‘It was a livid blue colour although sometimes it melded through a shocking purple into a bright red.’
    • ‘My eyes flashed past Nathan picturesque face and caught a figure in black that stood out plainly in the mass of livid colors.’
    • ‘Although the application of a cold wet cloth to the injured area may keep the bruise from becoming too livid, the bruise should disappear by itself in 10 to 14 days.’
    • ‘Off to the Charity Ball is a firm favourite, with its livid pastels against bright white, the skulking figures throwing dark, tactile shadows onto the projecting shelf below.’
    • ‘The recoil brought the barrel upwards and it smacked into her face, leaving a livid bruise.’
    • ‘There were livid bruises on his shoulder, and chest, he was unshaven, and his hair uncombed.’
    • ‘A livid scar stood out against the chestnut skin from his left cheek down to his chin.’
    purplish, bluish, dark, discoloured, black and blue, purple, greyish-blue
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘of a bluish leaden colour’): from French livide or Latin lividus, from livere ‘be bluish’. The sense ‘furiously angry’ dates from the early 20th century.