• WordNet 3.6
    • n pallidity being deficient in color
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pallidity Pallidness; paleness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pallidity Pallor; paleness; pallid coloration.
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.”


In literature:

The ungracious words came almost unbidden from Daisy's pallid lips, as husband and wife for the first time faced each other in anger.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
Like dazzling pearls the tear-drops streak The pallid beauty of her cheek.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Elkin was pallid with wrath.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
For the first few minutes her face had been going hot and cold, alternately flushed and pallid.
"The Green Mouse" by Robert W. Chambers
A smile played over Simoun's pallid lips.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
She was still considering ways and means of doing this when the door opened and revealed the surprised and angry form of her father and behind it the pallid countenance of Mr. Wilks.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
She had sacrificed her bloom to her babies, and was pallid and anaemic.
"A Woman of the World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And black against this pallid wash of colors the tour Eiffel stood high and slender and rather ghostly.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
The Abbe was there as well, with his large head and pallid face showing above his scraggy shoulders.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Before him stretched the vast plain, more direful still beneath the pallid light of the oblique moonbeams.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

And ere the pallid dawn had come
To break her sacred rest,
She wakened with a startled moan,
And tears the bitterest,
And lo! she felt two little hands
Clasped close upon her heart!
"A Ballad Of The Nativity" by Charles Hanson Towne
A desolate wind, through the unpeopled dark,
Shakes the bushes and whistles through empty nests,
And the fierce unrests
I keep as guests
Crowd my brain with corpses, pallid and stark.
"The Last Quarter Of The Moon" by Amy Lowell
There comes a buzzing plane: and now, it seems
Flies straight into the moon. Lo! where he steers
Across the pallid globe and surely nears
In that white land some harbour of dear dreams!
"French Nocturne (Monchy-Le-Preux)" by C S Lewis
"Sing, O Scald, your song sublime,
Your ocean-rhyme,"
Cried King Olaf: "it will cheer me!"
Said the Scald, with pallid cheeks,
"The Skerry of Shrieks
Sings too loud for you to hear me!"
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf V. -- The Skerry Of Shri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Kiss my cheek, thou noontide ray,
From my Love so far away
Let thy splendor streaming down
Turn its pallid lilies brown,
Till its darkening shades reveal
Where his passion pressed its seal!
"Fantasia" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In the lone, ghostly midnight, he raves as he lies,
With death's ashen pallidness dimming his eyes:
He shouts the sharp war-cry,--he rallies his men,--
He is on the red field of Manassas again.
"Beechenbrook - III" by Margaret Junkin Preston

In news:

Was Anna Kendrick swimming in her pallid yellow Emilio Pucci mini.
Alexander Korda's opulent Arabian Nights fantasy (1940) suffers from pallid performances and frequently succumbs to kitsch, but it still casts its fragile spell.
When the earliest eateries from that remote region of China first appeared on the Upper West Side in the '70s, they were palaces of the pallid, with a sticky-sweet stir-fry of baby shrimp in a barely spicy red sauce as their marquee dish.
Although Fauchon's Madison Avenue branch still offers a pallid variety of gelato, stick to the croissants .
It was a pallid, perfectly bisected square.
'Scoundrels': Pallid remake of New Zealand series.
Pallid 's PR problem.
Can pallid sturgeon hang on in the overworked Missouri River.
They are a pallid, parasitic sort of thing whose fungal relatives infest your feet.
Like a zombie playing opossum, the fifth and final entry in the pallid %22Twilight%22 franchise makes one last, uproarious grasp for attention.
Fifty Januaries ago, under a pallid sun and amid bitter winds, John F Kennedy swore the oath that every president had taken since 1789 and then delivered one of the most memorable inaugural addresses in the American canon.
The light will shift from muted gold to the pallid gray of winter.