pale

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. wan, waxen, ashy, ashen, colorless, bloodless; light, blond; faint, dim, vague; sickly. See colorlessness, dimness.Ant., colorful; ruddy. —v. i. whiten, blanch, blench; fade, dim. —n. stake, picket; border, boundary, limit.
- beyond the pale
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(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Wan]
Syn. pallid, wan, ashen, ashy, pasty, waxen, sickly, anemic, colorless, bloodless, livid, ghastly, cadaverous, haggard, deathlike, ghostly, spectral, white, gray, sallow, etiolated, blanched, whey-faced, drained, peaked, washed-out*, white as a sheet*, green around the gills*.
2. [Lacking color or intensity]
Syn. bleached, light, pastel, soft, soft-hued, creamy, whitish, dim, faint, faded, feeble, chalky, washed-out.
Syn.- pale , in this comParison the least connotative of these words, implies merely an unnatural whiteness or colorlessness, often temporary, of the complexion; pallid suggests a paleness resulting from exhaustion, faintness, emotional strain, etc.; wan suggests the paleness resulting from an emaciating illness; ashen implies the grayish paleness of the skin as in death; livid refers to a grayish-blue complexion, as of one in Great rage or fear, but is also sometimes used now of a white or red complexion v.
Syn. grow pale, lose color, blanch; see faint , whiten 1 .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
v.
whiten, blanch, turn white.
ANT.: flush, bloom, blush
II
a.
colorless, blanched, white, bloodless, pallid, wan, cadaverous, ashen, sallow, sickly, lackluster.
ANT.: ruddy, rosy, deeply-hued
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Lacking color: ashen, ashy, bloodless, cadaverous, colorless, livid, lurid, pallid, pasty, sallow, wan, waxen. See COLORS. 2. Of a light color or complexion: alabaster, fair, ivory, light1. See COLORS. 3. Being weak in quality or substance: anemic, bloodless, pallid, waterish, watery. See STRONG. II verb To lose normal coloration; turn pale: blanch, bleach, etiolate, wan. See COLORS.

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