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

Look back: Ohio State opened last year under a pall after the school suspended Meyer for the first three games of the season following his handling of allegations of domestic abuse involving one of his former assistant coaches. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 5 Ohio State moves on from Urban Meyer era," 20 Aug. 2019 The bitter struggle between India and Pakistan over the contested area of Kashmir continues to cast a pall over the region. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for August 9: Immigration, White House, highway shooting, Kashmir," 9 Aug. 2019 The announcement of the new online tool comes after Chicago’s most violent weekend this year saw 55 people shot, seven fatally, and as gun violence cast a pall nationally with mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed more than 30 people. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago police unveil ‘Gun Offender Dashboard’ as department ratchets up criticism of courts," 5 Aug. 2019 The tariff war between Washington and Beijing has disrupted trade and cast a pall over the economic outlook for Asia and beyond. Washington Post, "World shares higher, Korean Kospi falls after missile launch," 25 July 2019 Since 2018 a slowdown in trade and manufacturing, concentrated in Germany and Italy, has cast a pall over the euro area. The Economist, "Domestic demand has sparkled against the euro-gloom," 25 July 2019 Major sporting events tend not to visit places where there’s a fresh pall of gunsmoke. Eamon Lynch, azcentral, "Open Championship at Portrush may be the only thing Northern Ireland can agree on," 15 July 2019 Such diversions could invite a crackdown from the federal government and cast a pall over the legal pot industry. Sophie Quinton, Anchorage Daily News, "Oregon marijuana surplus a cautionary tale for other states," 4 Oct. 2015 Brexit casts a pall over everything, says Mr McDonnell. The Economist, "Labour faces another summer of discontent," 4 July 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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