One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unhealthy pale appearance.
paleness, pallidness, lack of colour, whiteness, colourlessness, wanness, ashen hue, pastiness, peakiness, greyness, sickliness, sallownessView synonyms
- ‘It coated the world in a pale flurry, casting a ghostlike pallor and creating moon shadows among the skeletons of trees.’
- ‘I am now down to eight and a half stone and have a sickly pallor.’
- ‘Instead, they stay put and give skin an unhealthy pallor and texture.’
- ‘It's the place where day becomes night, and everyone leaves with an unhealthy pallor.’
- ‘Her pallor became pale with the pain and the corners of her mouth stiffened.’
- ‘It begins adagio, and soon an odd pallor settles over the piece.’
- ‘Small and rather shy, Madison usually dressed in black, had the bookish pallor of a scholar, and cut a somber figure.’
- ‘His face has the pallor of someone allergic to daylight.’
- ‘But today seedy glamour is being replaced by the dim light of computer screens and the unhealthy pallor of those who stare into them for most of their waking hours.’
- ‘No individuals have ever been prosecuted, so these satellites have what's called the pallor of respectability.’
- ‘There were dark circles under his eyes, and his skin took on a pale pallor.’
- ‘He had the pallor of a corpse; he had little color to him.’
- ‘Until then, only workmen sported tans: anybody with pretensions cultivated a pallor.’
- ‘The intense pallor of his complexion, tightly cropped ginger hair, and prominent Adam's apple, only emphasised his lack of stature.’
- ‘So what if journalists poke fun at its more superficial aspects - the cut of the suits, the pallor of the skin, the stains on the shirts?’
- ‘All this blueness is in contrast to the pallor of his complexion and the beginnings of a beard and mustache.’
- ‘The figure is painted on a plain brown background and thus the focus of the whole work falls on the dark garment and the pallor of the hand and face.’
- ‘Her pallor was pale, and her eyes, large, dark and profoundly sad, as if from years of suffering.’
- ‘He had a pale pallor and his flesh did not seem to absorb any heat from the flames licking at the brick of the fire place.’
- ‘So long as you don't have to look at the graveyard pallor of the rest of my body this is great.’
Late Middle English: from Latin, from pallere ‘be pale’.
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