1. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
2. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
3. Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull: pallid prose.
[Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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