One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling a corpse, especially in being completely still or having a pale, gaunt appearance.‘he manages to maintain a corpse-like stillness that helps him to preserve oxygen’‘their corpse-like complexions’
pale, deathly pale, pallid, white, bloodless, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, deathlike, ghostlyView synonyms
- ‘My eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face!’
- ‘The body would learn it couldn't kill the infection with fever, and would instead, as a defense, cool the body down to near corpse-like temperatures.’
- ‘The lack of empathy for the characters and corpse-like coldness permeating both the look and feel of the picture make it a tough film to connect with.’
- ‘My first day of high school, I wore all black and powdered my skin until it was almost corpselike.’
- ‘I scrutinized the reflection of my stilled body, trying to halt the rise and fall of my belly in order to appear corpselike.’
- ‘I gradually made out that their faces were made up to be pale and corpse-like.’
- ‘His face was even more grey and corpse-like than ever before.’
- ‘Spooky corpse-like kids in period costumes pop out at the first available opportunity.’
- ‘As the film begins, a fishing boat pulls a corpse-like Bourne out of the Mediterranean Sea; he is, as his name underlines, reborn in this instant.’
- ‘The vision of her body, flotsam on the water, is at once both corpse-like and strangely beautiful.’
- ‘I have friends who frequently have four or five or fourteen day benders, emerging corpselike and battered but somehow recovering enough to do it again.’
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