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- n. The condition or degree of being pale or of lacking color.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or condition of being pale; want of freshness or ruddiness; a sickly whiteness; lack of color or luster; wanness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or condition of being pale; wanness; defect of color; want of freshness or ruddiness; whiteness of look.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property of having a naturally light complexion
- n. being deficient in color
- n. unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
Mr. Geach has seen Malays when terrified turn pale and shake; and Mr. Brough Smyth states that a native Australian "being on one occasion much frightened, showed a complexion as nearly approaching to what we call paleness, as can well be conceived in the case of a very black man."
Beyond a sign of wealth, paleness is held in high regard within circles of the hipsterdom's intellectual elite.
Mr. Koonin said he was unlikely to alter the schedule much when Mr. O'Brien arrived, even on Wednesday night; Mr. O'Brien - who often mocks his own "paleness" - is not known for attracting black viewers.
Sicily more terrible, or did the sword that hung from the gilded cornice strike more dread into the princely neck beneath it, than the voice which whispers to the heart, 'We are going, going down a precipice,' and the ghastly inward paleness, which is a mystery, even to the wife of our heart?
Next to this charming tenuity, perhaps her paleness was her most noticeable trait.
Both she and I took after our mother; we were broad-shouldered, strong, and sturdy, but her paleness was a sign of sickness, she often coughed, and in her eyes
Many ladies, especially those from the northern provinces of Spain, have sometimes the beautiful white skins and the ruddy freshness of complexion so much admired in my countrywomen; but, unfortunately, that colour is not very lasting, as the first season they pass in the Philippines is generally sufficient to blanch their bloom, but it is very often succeeded by a soft and delicate-looking paleness, which is perhaps not a whit less dangerous to amatory bachelors than the more brilliant colours which preceded it.
But unfortunately for Emerson's reputation this publication was somewhat belated, for the robust Emerson one finds in the Journals is a far more attractive figure than the transcendental ghost lingering in the popular imagination, whose 'paleness' and remoteness led Henry James, the novelist, to speak of the 'white tint' of Emerson's career.
But it was the kind of paleness that one has after a particularly exquisite experience.
His complexion was pale, not that clear white paleness which is agreeable to behold, but a bilious yellow; his hair was of a light colour, and his eyes, of a greenish grey, seemed devoid of all expression.