Definition of livid
1 : discolored by bruising : black-and-blue the livid traces of the sharp scourges — Abraham Cowley
3 : reddish a fan of gladiolas blushed livid under the electric letters — Truman Capote
4 : very angry : enraged was livid at his son's disobedience
lividityplay \li-ˈvi-də-tē\ noun
lividnessplay \ˈli-vəd-nəs\ noun
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Examples of livid in a sentence
the boss was livid when yet another deadline was missed
her face was livid with fear
Did You Know?
Livid has a colorful history. The Latin adjective lividus means "dull, grayish, or leaden blue." From this came the French livide and eventually the English "livid," which was used to describe flesh discolored by a bruise when it was first recorded in the early 17th century. A slight extension of meaning gave it the sense "ashen or pallid," as used in describing a corpse. "Livid" eventually came to be used in this sense to characterize the complexion of a person pale with anger ("livid with rage"). From this meaning came two new senses in the 20th century. One was "reddish," as one is as likely to become red with anger as pale; the other was simply "angry" or "furious," the most common sense of the word today.
Origin and Etymology of livid
French livide, from Latin lividus, from livēre to be blue; akin to Welsh lliw color and probably to Russian sliva plum
First Known Use: 1622
LIVID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of livid for English Language Learners
: very angry
: having a dark purplish color
LIVID Defined for Kids
Definition of livid for Students
1 : very angry
2 : pale as ashes Her face was livid with fear.
3 : discolored by bruising His cheek was livid.
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