pall

verb (1)
\ ˈpȯl How to pronounce pall (audio) \
palled; palling; palls

Definition of pall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to lose strength or effectiveness
2 : to lose in interest or attraction his humor began to pall on us He found that his retirement hobbies began to pall after a couple of years.
3 : dwindle our enthusiasm soon palled

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become insipid reason and reflection … pall all his enjoyments— Francis Atterbury
2 : to deprive of pleasure in something by satiating The choicest delicacies pall the stomach in time.

pall

noun

Definition of pall (Entry 2 of 3)

2a : 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
3a : 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

pall

verb (2)
palled; palling; palls

Definition of pall (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cover with a pall : drape

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Synonyms for pall

Synonyms: Noun

bier, box, casket, coffin, sarcophagus

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Verb (1)

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

Examples of pall in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Grant’s drinking is handled so repetitively that the subject begins to pall. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "In Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant,’ an American Giant’s Makeover Continues," 10 Oct. 2017 Jenny is lovably hateful, but eventually, even the pleasure of inwardly hissing at her begins to pall. Charles Isherwood, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dry Powder,’ a High-Finance Comedy Drama," 22 Mar. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Durant missed four games with a calf injury and then went out in Game 5—a devastating blow that cast a pall on the series and changed the complexity of the entire league. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Toronto Raptors Win the NBA Championship," 14 June 2019 The pro league’s collapse came on the eve of the 2003 Women’s World Cup and cast a pall over a tournament that the U.S. agreed to host at the last moment, hoping to recapture the spark of ’99, after the SARS epidemic forced it out of China. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Women’s soccer’s journey from promise of 1999 to reality of 2019," 11 June 2019 Without the change in rate assumptions, GE likely would have faced a much more material charge, which would have cast a harsher pall on the lack of 2019 guidance. Washington Post, "For GE, Potential Land Mines Linger in Insurance," 28 Feb. 2019 The pall of the two-year probe lifted Sunday, when Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller’s findings that said the wide-ranging investigation found no evidence of collusion by Trump’s 2016 campaign with the Russian government. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump’s re-election weapon," 25 Mar. 2019 Fashion Amidst the frenetic energy of New York City and the near-constant stream of news coverage that casts a dark pall overhead, there is a beacon of hope on Broadway in New York City: the Phluid Project. Charlotte Diamond, Teen Vogue, "This Gender-Neutral Store Aims to Create a Safe Space For Its Customer," 20 Mar. 2019 The turmoil could cast a pall over some companies’ IPO plans in 2019. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "Uber CEO Says Market Turmoil Won’t Derail IPO Plans," 8 Jan. 2019 Economists are also worried about inventory piling up at Japanese exporters, which could hit corporate investment and in turn cast a pall over the entire economy, said Tomohiro Ota, Japan economist at Goldman Sachs. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "Consumer Companies Prove Resilient in China Despite Slowdown," 13 Feb. 2019 Photo: mohamed abdiwahab/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Somali withdrawal from the outpost cast a pall over an already-somber ceremony. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of pall

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pall

Verb (1)

Middle English, short for appallen to become pale — more at appall

Noun

Middle English, cloak, mantle, from Old English pæll, from Latin pallium

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pall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pall

formal
: 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

pall

verb
\ ˈpȯl How to pronounce pall (audio) \
palled; palling

Kids Definition of pall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to become dull

pall

noun

Kids Definition of pall (Entry 2 of 2)

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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