cadaverous

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cadaver +‎ -ous

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cadaverous (comparative more cadaverous, superlative most cadaverous)

  1. Corpselike; hinting of death; imitating a cadaver.
    • 1917 rev. 1925 Ezra Pound, "Canto I"
      Dark blood flowed in the fosse,
      Souls out of Erebus, cadaverous dead ...
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 4, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.

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