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1(of a person's face) pale, typically because of poor health.‘his face, with its wrinkled, pallid complexion’
pale, white, pasty, pasty-faced, wan, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, washed out, peaky, peakish, peaked, whey-faced, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, whitish, white-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinchedView synonyms
- ‘Her mother was propped up against a pillow, her pallid face hardly standing out against the white background.’
- ‘From the corner of his mouth came a slow, thin trickle of bright red, dripping slowly down his pallid face like rain down a windowpane.’
- ‘The sunlight slivered through the window and onto the pallid face of a young girl.’
- ‘He nodded and smiled, lifting his palm to brush away some stray pieces of hair from her pallid face.’
- ‘His skin was bright salmon-pink on his hands and feet, and then faded to yellow on his arms and shins, and then to a pallid white.’
- ‘Her aged face was pallid, her chest failed to move under her ragged brown garments.’
- ‘A pinched smile that looked painful instead of cheerful worked across mom's pallid face.’
- ‘She gingerly touched the pallid white gauze, then was brought back to the present by the burning smell coming from her toast.’
- ‘She felt tears well up in her eyes and when she blinked they finally escaped to roll down her pallid face.’
- ‘Her skin was all pallid, not as the lifeless corpse as many would likely say in jest and scorn.’
- ‘I looked at her; her usually glowing face was pallid.’
- ‘She glimpsed her mother lying feebly on a divan with a wrinkled, pallid face.’
- ‘The reclusive teenager was determined to tan his pallid body, but did not want to expose his feeble frame to others.’
- ‘It mixed with the tears that stained her pallid face and soaked her through to the bones.’
- ‘These guys never go home, they're all white and pallid and beefy.’
- ‘Complacent smiles linger on their pallid faces.’
- ‘I could see, even in the dim light of my fading lamp, that his skin was pasty and pallid, his eyes dark and cloudy.’
- ‘The dark atmosphere made it hard for me to see clearly, but I saw his pallid face under his dark hood.’
- ‘He was breathing hard, as if he had been running, and his pallid face shone bright with sweat.’
- ‘Her eyes were dull with sorrow and her cheeks would have been deathly pallid if not for the rogue she heavily slathered onto her cheeks.’
2Lacking vigour or intensity; insipid.‘a pallid ray of winter sun’‘pallid liberalism’
insipid, uninspired, colourless, uninteresting, feeble, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, unimaginative, lifeless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, bloodless, bland, vapid, wishy-washyView synonyms
- ‘Thus the secondary characters seem pallid in contrast to what we know of their real-life models.’
- ‘But despite all her highly charged sexuality, she's a rather pallid character with predictable sensibilities.’
- ‘Perhaps aware that his male characters were pallid, he created a sub-plot featuring a romantic highwayman.’
- ‘Her anemic, monochromatic playing and pallid, unimaginative way with a phrase don't help matters.’
- ‘Character designs are rather pallid and dull, completely uninteresting in style or drawn without any particular flare.’
- ‘He is a bland, pallid individual who seems to have nothing but the interests and passions of his dead relatives to guide him through life.’
- ‘It just sat there on the plate, stolid, pallid, and completely lacking in anything even approaching meal appeal.’
- ‘Until recently, the concern had been that the recovery in the euro zone was so pallid and feeble that the big euro zone economies could not take a rate increase.’
- ‘He mistakenly characterizes spirituality as a pallid Platonic flight from the world or some kind of interiorized religious stirrings.’
- ‘Instead, too often they are bland and pallid readings of the surface of reality: events and names and dates without perspective.’
- ‘But there's something about politics that, for most MPs, makes the civilian lifestyle pallid, tedious and even a bit scary.’
Late 16th century: from Latin pallidus ‘pale’ (related to pallere ‘be pale’).
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