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pall

verb \ ˈpȯl \

Definition of pall

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.

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Origin and Etymology of pall

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

Synonym Discussion of pall

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

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pall

noun

Definition of pall

1 :pallium 1a
2 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of pall in a Sentence

  1. bearing her husband's pall were her four brothers and two nephews

  2. a persistent pall of distrust has overtaken this administration and will remain until the president resigns

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Origin and Etymology of pall

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

pall Synonyms


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pall

verb

Definition of pall

transitive verb
:to cover with a pall :drape

First Known Use of pall

15th century



PALL Defined for English Language Learners

pall

noun

Definition of pall for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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pall

verb \ ˈpȯl \

Definition of pall for Students

palled; palling
:to become dull

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pall

noun

Definition of pall for Students

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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