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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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Pallidly the moon was shining On the dewy meadows nigh; On the silvery, silent rivers, On the mountains far and high On the ocean's star-lit waters, Where the winds a-weary die.
Out at the window a florid moon was peering over dark roofs, and in the distance the waters of a river glimmered pallidly.
Saval cites fictional depictions of the early office--stories like Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," with its "pallidly neat, pitiably respectable" clerk protagonist--as primary sources on the history of office work.
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.
(15) It was viewed not as something "simple-minded and pallidly neutral, but as a demanding, intellectually rigorous procedure holding the best hope for social change ...
A huddle of naked bodies gleam pallidly. A series of screaming, contorted faces display the existential angst of Edvard Munch's "The Scream."Aa
But the play's psychological and political subtexts are laid out as plodding melodrama; they compare pallidly to the bracing intellectual ricochet of ideas that powers Bennett's play.