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

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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 If there was no Venice, does that mean that the overall attraction of an Adriatic cruise would pall? Julia Buckley, CNN, 8 May 2021 Reduced to highlights and stripped of distinction, Percy’s adventures with Furies, oracles, Medusa, Ares and Hades quickly pall. Jesse Green, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2019 After a while, though, Inuk Mathaussen found even that started to pall. New York Times, 16 Sep. 2019 Grant’s drinking is handled so repetitively that the subject begins to pall. Janet Maslin, New York Times, 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, 22 Mar. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pair are both orphans raised by uncles and united by an imperviousness to the sexism that casts a pall over their respective moments. Vogue, 29 May 2021 While trading Jones makes sense financially, especially given the emergence of receivers Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, the situation has cast a pall over a franchise that has never seemed to recover from blowing a 28-3 lead in the 2017 Super Bowl. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 The fighting cast a pall over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, normally marked by family gatherings and festive meals. Time, 14 May 2021 The fighting cast a pall over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, normally marked by family gatherings and festive meals. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 The fighting cast a pall over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, normally marked by family gatherings and festive meals. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, chicagotribune.com, 13 May 2021 Yet there is already enough to tarnish Mooney’s legacy, and cast a different sort of pall on our loss of him. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 22 May 2021 Satellite footage showed the area engulfed in a foggy pall on Tuesday. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 The episodes were filmed almost entirely pre-COVID, so the pall of the overrun funeral home and the sadness of a Zoom memorial service have not yet arrived for the Bernards. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 12 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of pall was in the 14th century

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“Pall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pall. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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