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1pall

verb \ˈpl\

Definition of PALL

intransitive verb
1
:  to lose strength or effectiveness
2
:  to lose in interest or attraction <his humor began to pall on us>
3
:  dwindle <our enthusiasm soon palled>
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to become insipid
2
:  to deprive of pleasure in something by satiating
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Origin of PALL

Middle English, short for appallen to become pale — more at appall
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PALL

satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion. satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire <years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel> <readers were sated with sensationalistic stories>. surfeit implies a nauseating repletion <surfeited themselves with junk food>. cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting <sentimental pictures that cloy after a while>. pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite <a life of leisure eventually begins to pall>. glut implies excess in feeding or supplying <a market glutted with diet books>. gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking <gorged themselves with chocolate>.

2pall

noun

: something (such as a cloud of smoke) that covers a place and makes it dark

: a heavy cloth that is used for covering a coffin, hearse, or tomb

Full Definition of PALL

1
:  pallium 1a
2
a :  a square of linen usually stiffened with cardboard that is used to cover the chalice
b (1) :  a heavy cloth draped over a coffin
(2) :  a coffin especially when holding a body
3
a :  something that covers or conceals; especially :  an overspreading element that produces an effect of gloom <a pall of thick black smoke> <a pall of suspicion>
b :  a feeling of gloom <his absence cast a pall over the celebration>

Examples of PALL

  1. <bearing her husband's pall were her four brothers and two nephews>
  2. <a persistent pall of distrust has overtaken this administration and will remain until the president resigns>

Origin of PALL

Middle English, cloak, mantle, from Old English pæll, from Latin pallium
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

3pall

verb

Definition of PALL

transitive verb
:  to cover with a pall :  drape

First Known Use of PALL

15th century
PALL Defined for Kids

1pall

verb \ˈpl\
palledpall·ing

Definition of PALL for Kids

:  to become dull

2pall

noun

Definition of PALL for Kids

1
:  a heavy cloth covering for a coffin, hearse, or tomb
2
:  something that makes things gloomy or depressing <The news put a pall on the celebration.>

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