Definition of livid in English:



  • 1Furiously angry.

    ‘he was livid that Garry had escaped’
    • ‘Joyce isn't speaking with ‘sly humour’ but with livid anger that a tradesman is delaying his book's publication.’
    • ‘Aides say he was fuming, so livid that he almost refused to come out to talk to the crowd.’
    • ‘Both were angry, more livid than she could imagine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her eyes grew livid with anger and she reached for the phone.’
    • ‘He was livid, cross with himself, and frustrated.’
    • ‘Alex was livid, visibly shaking with anger and terror.’
    • ‘The parlor doors burst open, and Ashton strode inside, looking livid with anger.’
    • ‘He looks livid, however, and I'm dreading the angry shouting that I'll probably get to look forward to later tonight.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘He was livid, furious at his father and his anger grew with every tear his mother shed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I am enraged, horrified, livid that someone would doubt this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was absolutely livid, fuming at the station staff who couldn't advise him when his next train would be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ryder was seriously moving past furious to livid.’
    • ‘I was infuriated at being restrained like this, and absolutely livid that they had taken Gabriel away… maybe even killed him.’
    • ‘I am incensed, I am livid, I am wide awake at 3.20 in the morning Thursday writing this email.’
    furious, angry, infuriated, irate, fuming, raging, seething, incensed, enraged, angered, beside oneself, wrathful, ireful, maddened, cross, annoyed, irritated, exasperated, indignant
    View synonyms
  • 2Dark bluish grey in colour.

    ‘livid bruises’
    • ‘Her skin was still pale with the exception of the livid bruises that dotted her body.’
    • ‘His body in livid bruises is depicted against the background of Poland's national flag.’
    • ‘The recoil brought the barrel upwards and it smacked into her face, leaving a livid bruise.’
    • ‘There was a fresh livid purple bruise under his ear, as though he'd been in a fight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dark marks ringed the boy's bony wrist, livid against pale flesh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's been a colour-shift giving them a rather livid hue as if they had all been bruised in a fight for survival.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a livid blue colour although sometimes it melded through a shocking purple into a bright red.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My eyes flashed past Nathan picturesque face and caught a figure in black that stood out plainly in the mass of livid colors.’
    • ‘A female teaching colleague once showed me her legs, arms and torso covered in livid bruises.’
    purplish, bluish, dark, discoloured, black and blue, purple, greyish-blue
    View synonyms


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.