pale

pale1 W3 [peıl] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin pallidus; PALLID]
1.) having a skin colour that is very white, or whiter than it usually is
He looked very pale and drawn.
turn/go pale
He suddenly went pale.
Sharon went deathly pale and looked as if she might faint.
an elderly, pale-faced woman
2.) a pale colour has more white in it than usual
→↑deep
= ↑light
pale blue curtains
3.) pale light is not bright
the pale gray dawn
4.) pale imitation (of sth)
something that is similar to, but not as good as, something else
The cheese is a pale imitation of real Parmesan.
pale 2
pale2 v
1.) [i]literary if your face pales, it becomes whiter than usual because you have had a shock
Kent's face paled when he saw that Rob had a knife.
2.) pale into insignificance
to seem much less important when compared to something bigger, worse, more serious etc
The amounts of money involved pale into insignificance when compared with the sums spent each year on research.
3.) pale in/by comparison
to seem small or unimportant compared to something else
pale in/by comparison to/with
Today's economic problems pale in comparison with those of the 1930s.
pale 3
pale3 n
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: pale 'limit' (15-18 centuries), from 'fence' (14-19 centuries), from 'pointed piece of wood driven into the ground' (14-20 centuries), from Old French pal, from Latin palus]
beyond the pale
offensive or unacceptable
His opinions are entirely beyond the pale.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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