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1. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
2. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
3. Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull: pallid prose.

[Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

pal′lid·ly adv.
pal′lid·ness n.
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Adv.1.pallidly - in a manner lacking interest or vitality; "a palely entertaining show"
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Out at the window a florid moon was peering over dark roofs, and in the distance the waters of a river glimmered pallidly.
It wasn't like in summer time, and walking on the mountain with shoes and socks, with his city clothes, made him feel uncomfortable, out of place in those woods, pallidly sunny, without birds.
But a variety of works challenges the long-held view that the American art in it was somewhat monolithic, pallidly provincial, and overshadowed by the uproar of critical and popular attention paid to the avant-garde Europeans.
are relatively small and repetitive, and the described health risks are pallidly stated compared to labels used in many other countries, most notably Canada.