livid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj livid furiously angry "willful stupidity makes him absolutely livid"
    • adj livid (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity "livid lightning streaked the sky","a thousand flambeaux...turned all at once that deep gloom into a livid and preternatural day"- E.A.Poe"
    • adj livid anemic looking from illness or emotion "a face turned ashen","the invalid's blanched cheeks","tried to speak with bloodless lips","a face livid with shock","lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley","lips white with terror","a face white with rage"
    • adj livid discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin "beaten black and blue","livid bruises"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Livid Black and blue; grayish blue; of a lead color; discolored, as flesh may be from a contusion. "There followed no carbuncles, no purple or livid spots, the mass of the blood not being tainted."
    • Livid Extremely angry; enraged; infuriated.
    • Livid Pallid; ashen; -- of the skin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • livid Black and blue,like a contusion. The term is applied, with the strong exaggeration usually characterizing the use of color-names, to the color of a person “black in the face” from strangulation, or having a cold, death-like complexion from rage, fear, or suffering; or to a light which imparts a death-like aspect to the face. Thus, a face illuminated by the yellow monochromatic light produced by the burning of an alcoholic solution of common salt is said to present a livid appearance.
    • livid In zoology, pale purplish-brown, more or less translucent, resembling the color of a bruised surface of flesh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Livid liv′id black and blue: of a lead colour: discoloured
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Quotations

  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lividus, from livere, to be of a blush color, to be black and blue: cf. F. livide,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. lividuslivēre, to be of a lead colour.

Usage

In literature:

The gamekeeper with livid face cried: 'He scents him!
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
And as I stood there, gasping for breath, Godfrey followed me, and I saw that his face, too, was livid.
"The Gloved Hand" by Burton E. Stevenson
He turned a livid face to gaze into a cold and small blue eye.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
Her skin, fiery-red, all at once turned livid.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Dad got livid of face, his hair stood up, his eyes rolled.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
The bishop was sitting up, livid with wrath.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
Hugh's face became suddenly ugly, livid.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
Her handsome face was livid with horror.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
I felt instinctively that her fears had been all for herself, not for that livid horror sprawling on the floor.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
Mr. Verner, on his part, looked livid.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
She became livid under her little veil.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
His parchment skin looked livid and lifeless and his mouth had tightened until it was drawn in and pinched.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
The brown of his face had turned a dirty livid.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Sometimes the parts are of a dusky, livid hue, and, in rare instances, pallid.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Though ghastly and livid, the traces of intelligence and beauty were undefaced.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Post mortem, cadaveric lividity is well marked, especially in nose, lips, ears, etc.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
John Vaughan stood in his room livid with rage confronting Ned on the first day that communication was opened with the outside world.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The grayness seemed to grow slightly more livid over the tree-tops and behind the branches.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Mrs. Bennett was crouching on the sofa behind me; her face livid, her eyes starting from her head.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
Craven Le Noir's thin, white face grew perfectly livid with passion.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
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In poetry:

Thine eyes are glaz'd, thy cheeks are pale,
Thy lips are livid, and thy breath
Too truly tells the dreadful tale—-
Thou comest from the house of death!
"The Mad Lover" by Washington Allston
I hear the music thrill and swoon
And mingle with the traffic-beat;
Far off, beyond the livid street,
Above the glare, the tardy moon
Mocks the long tedious afternoon.
"In The Cafe " by E J Rupert Atkinson
And now, upon the threshold low,
The wounded GOLFRE, kneeling,
Again to HEAV'N address'd his pray'r;
The waning Moon, with livid glare,
Was down the dark sky stealing.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
There's music in the rain,
When all the winds arise,
And livid lightning marks the path
Of the dread hurricane;
While in the clouded skies
Old thunder beats the martial airs.
"The Music Of The Rain" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
We drank; his lips turned livid white,
His cheeks grew leaden ash;
He reel'd — I heard his temples smite
The threshold with a crash!
And from his hand, in shivers bright,
I saw the goblet flash.
"The Three Friends" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
"Hush, child;" but, as the father spoke,
Downward the livid firebolt came,
Close to his ear the thunder broke,
And, blasted by the flame,
The child lay dead; while dark and still,
Swept the grim cloud along the hill.
"A Presentiment" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Italo distribs, exhibs livid over 'Vice' vid.
Livid when you buy a snack at the movies.
"The billionaire donors I hear are livid," one Republican operative told The Huffington Post.
But virtually all agree that Charlie Cawley was livid.
Arnold Schwarzenegger 's livid wife has has hired a private investigator to probe her philandering husband's double life as she readies a plan for divorce, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Seattle waterfront merchants 'livid' over seawall construction plan.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh is livid that Isiah Thomas is back in the organization and feels his standing with the franchise could be compromised by owner James Dolan's decision to rehire Thomas.
M itch McConnell wanted you to know he was livid on Thursday.
Garbage, charcoal in Prospect Park makes pet lovers livid.
At least one member of the Minnesota Vikings is livid about the hit that appears to have ended the season of long-snapper Cullen Loeffler.
A United States Navy Veteran was livid Tuesday night, over the fact that his son wasn't able to vote.
Leavenworth coach Larry Hogan was livid near the end of the first quarter.
Facebook's 750 million members are livid about the flurry of changes the site rolled out this week.
Us Weekly reports that Anthony is livid over Lopez's new love with dancer Casper Smart — and is trying to punish her through gaining custody of their twins.
When was the last time making a left-turn made you livid.
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