livid

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French livide, from Latin līvidus ‎(blueish, livid; envious), from līveō ‎(be of a bluish color or livid; envy), from Old Latin *slivere, from Proto-Indo-European *sliwo-, suffixed form of *(s)leie- ‎(bluish). Also see Old English sla ‎(sloe), Welsh lliw ‎(splendor, color), Old Irish li, Lithuanian slyvas ‎(plum), Russian and Old Church Slavonic сливовый ‎(slivovyj, plum).

Adjective[edit]

livid ‎(comparative livider or more livid, superlative lividest or most livid)

  1. (informal) Furiously angry.
  2. Having a dark, bluish appearance.
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter VII, Section vi
      The house seemed unfamiliar in the dark stormy light; the red and purple glass of the front door made livid bruises on the linoleum; the green chenille curtain was like a veil of seaweed.
    When all the surroundings were thus rendered as brilliant as possible, so that the corpse looked more livid and ghastly by comparison, I seated myself once more.
  3. Pallid.

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