beyond the pale

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of beyond the pale

: offensive or unacceptable
  • conduct that was beyond the pale

Word by Word Definitions

beyond play
  1. : on or to the farther side : farther

  2. : in addition : besides

  1. : on or to the farther side of : at a greater distance than

  2. : out of the reach or sphere (see 1sphere 4b) of

  3. : in a degree or amount surpassing

  1. : something that lies on or to the farther side : something that lies beyond (see 1beyond 1)

  2. : something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience

pale play
  1. : palisade, paling

  2. : one of the stakes of a palisade

  3. : picket

  1. : to enclose with pales : fence

  1. : deficient in color or intensity of color : pallid

  2. : not bright or brilliant : dim

  3. : feeble, faint

  1. : to become pale

  2. : to make pale

  1. : involving or dealing with ancient forms or conditions

  2. : early : primitive : archaic


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