livid

adjective
liv·​id | \ ˈli-vəd How to pronounce livid (audio) \

Definition of livid

1 : discolored by bruising : black-and-blue the livid traces of the sharp scourges— Abraham Cowley
2 : ashen, pallid this cross, thy livid face, thy pierced hands and feet— Walt Whitman
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

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Other Words from livid

lividness \ ˈli-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce lividness (audio) \ noun

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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.

Examples of livid in a Sentence

the boss was livid when yet another deadline was missed her face was livid with fear

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My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Son’s drunken brawl leads to smaller allowance, silent treatment," 10 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Drunken brawl leads to sulking," 10 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: He was drunk, rowdy and unapologetic. Is this punishment too harsh?," 10 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Drunken brawl leads to sulking," 10 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Drunken brawl leads to sulking," 10 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Drunken brawl leads to sulking," 7 July 2019 Access parents are also livid about the decision and have filed a lawsuit in an effort to keep their school intact in one location. Bethany Barnes, OregonLive.com, "Portland school board, expressing regrets, selects two sites to split Access gifted program," 30 May 2018 Some on the right were livid that the brand endorsed someone who, to them, represents a lack of loyalty to American values. Sarah Banet-weiser, Vox, "Nike’s Kaepernick ad continues — and tweaks — the tradition of brands commodifying politics.," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of livid

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for livid

French livide, from Latin lividus, from livēre to be blue; akin to Welsh lliw color and probably to Russian sliva plum

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More Definitions for livid

livid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of livid

: very angry
literary : having a dark purplish color

livid

adjective
liv·​id | \ ˈli-vəd How to pronounce livid (audio) \

Kids Definition of livid

1 : very angry
2 : pale as ashes Her face was livid with fear.
3 : discolored by bruising His cheek was livid.

livid

adjective
liv·​id | \ ˈliv-əd How to pronounce livid (audio) \

Medical Definition of livid

: discolored by bruising : black-and-blue

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