Definition of cadaverous in English:


Line breaks: ca|dav¦er|ous
Pronunciation: /kəˈdav(ə)rəs




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  • Haggard, frayed and cadaverously pale with his eyes sunk somewhere deep in the back of his skull, in the final scene he looks like someone who is about to die.
  • For a chef, he looks cadaverously under-nourished.
  • I'm an ectomorph with medium ash brown hair that I'm always ruining by dyeing it (so it always has garish brassy orange tones), brown eyes that I sometimes conceal with grey contacts, and cadaverously fair skin.


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  • His pigmentation is described as ‘[a] cadaverousness of complexion’ and as having a ‘ghastly pallor’.
  • He was a man whose figure promised cadaverousness, but who had an excessively red face, though shaped like a horse's.
  • Therefore, at the politically upbeat end of the scale, with conflicts, both domestic and international, being resolved, they might well evolve into a minimalist organization, lean perhaps to the point of cadaverousness, based primarily on high technology and special forces, supported by airpower, which many today see as a classical model for the new world.


late Middle English: from Latin cadaverosus, from cadaver 'corpse'.

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