Word of the Day: Livid


liv-id /  lĭv-ĭd


1. discolored as though bruised; black and blue

His captor was Burton Duff, the jailer, as white as death and bearing upon his brow the livid mark of the iron bar.

From “Present At A Hanging And Other Ghost Stories” by Ambrose Bierce, 1842 – 1914

2. very angry; furious

Milady opened the letter with eagerness equal to Kitty’s in bringing it; but at the first words she read she became livid.

From “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas, 1802 – 1870

3. deathly pale; wan; ashen; having a grayish tinge

I looked on my cherished wishes, yesterday so blooming and glowing; they lay stark, chill, livid corpses that could never revive.

From “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, 1816 – 1865