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 Dictionary entry overview: What does livid mean? 

LIVID (adjective)
  The adjective LIVID has 4 senses:

1. anemic looking from illness or emotion
2. (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity
3. furiously angry
4. discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin

  Familiarity information: LIVID used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

LIVID (adjective)

Sense 1livid [BACK TO TOP]


Anemic looking from illness or emotion


ashen; blanched; livid; bloodless; white

Context examples:

a face turned ashen / the invalid's blanched cheeks / tried to speak with bloodless lips / a face livid with shock / lips...livid with the hue of death / lips white with terror / a face white with rage


colorless; colourless (weak in color; not colorful)

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(of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity

Context examples:

livid lightning streaked the sky / a thousand flambeaux...turned all at once that deep gloom into a livid and preternatural day


light (characterized by or emitting light)

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Furiously angry

Context example:

willful stupidity makes him absolutely livid


angry (feeling or showing anger)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Sense 4livid [BACK TO TOP]


Discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin


black-and-blue; livid

Context examples:

beaten black and blue / livid bruises


injured (usually used of physical or mental injury to persons)

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