pale in/by comparison to/with

idiom

Definition of pale in/by comparison to/with

: to seem less important, good, serious, etc., when compared with (something else) The afternoon meal paled in comparison to/with the feast they had later. Last year's losses pale by comparison with this year's.

Comments on pale in/by comparison to/with

What made you want to look up pale in/by comparison to/with? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!