Synonyms of pale in English

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noun

1‘the pales of a fence’

SYNONYMS

stake, post, pole, paling, picket, upright

palisade

2‘a woman who stands outside the pale of family and community life’

SYNONYMS

boundary, confines, bounds, limits


Synonyms of pale in English

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pale2


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adjective

1‘his pale skin’

SYNONYMS

white, pallid, pasty, pasty-faced, wan, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, washed out, peaky, peakish, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, whitish, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinched, green, ghastly, sickly, sallow, as white as a sheet, as white as a ghost, deathly pale, cadaverous, corpse-like, looking as if one had seen a ghost

milky, creamy, cream, ivory, milk-white, alabaster

fair, light-skinned, fair-skinned

informal like death warmed up

Scottish informal peely-wally

rare etiolated, lymphatic

ANTONYMS

flushed, rosy

2‘pale colours’

SYNONYMS

light, light-coloured, pastel, neutral, light-toned, muted, subtle, soft, low-key, restrained

faded, bleached, dusty, whitish, washed out, insipid

3‘the pale light of morning’

SYNONYMS

dim, faint, weak, feeble, thin, watery, wan

ANTONYMS

dark, bright

4‘a pale imitation of the real thing’

SYNONYMS

inferior, poor, feeble, weak, insipid, wishy-washy, vapid, bland, puny, flat, inadequate, ineffectual, ineffective, half-hearted

lame, tame, uninspired, unimaginative, lacklustre, spiritless, lifeless, anaemic, bloodless

informal pathetic

rare etiolated


verb

1‘his face paled’

SYNONYMS

go white, turn white, become pale, grow pale, turn pale, blanch, blench, lose colour

whiten, lighten

2‘everything else pales by comparison’

SYNONYMS

decrease in importance, lose significance, pale into insignificance

fade, dwindle, diminish, lessen, dim, lose lustre


Phrases

    beyond the pale

      ‘his behaviour was beyond the pale’

      SYNONYMS

      unacceptable, unseemly, improper, indiscreet, unsuitable, irregular, unreasonable, intolerable, disgraceful, deplorable, outrageous, scandalous, shocking, insupportable, objectionable, offensive, distasteful

      informal

      not on, not the done thing, out of order, out of line

      dated

      not quite the thing

      NZ Australian informal

      over the fence

      rare

      exceptionable