Synonyms of pale in English

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noun

1‘the pales of a fence’

SYNONYMS
stake, post, pole, paling, picket, upright
palisade

2‘a woman who stands outside the pale of family and community life’

SYNONYMS
boundary, confines, bounds, limits

Synonyms of pale in English

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adjective

1‘his pale skin’

SYNONYMS
white, pallid, pasty, pasty-faced, wan, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, washed out, peaky, peakish, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk white, grey, whitish, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinched, green, ghastly, sickly, sallow, as white as a sheet, as white as a ghost, deathly pale, cadaverous, corpse-like, looking as if one had seen a ghost
milky, creamy, cream, ivory, milk white, alabaster
fair, light-skinned, fair-skinned
informal like death warmed up
Scottish informal peely-wally
rare etiolated, lymphatic
ANTONYMS

flushed, rosy

2‘pale colours’

SYNONYMS
light, light-coloured, pastel, neutral, light-toned, muted, subtle, soft, low-key, restrained
faded, bleached, dusty, whitish, washed out, insipid

3‘the pale light of morning’

SYNONYMS
dim, faint, weak, feeble, thin, watery, wan
ANTONYMS

dark, bright

4‘a pale imitation of the real thing’

SYNONYMS
inferior, poor, feeble, weak, insipid, wishy-washy, vapid, bland, puny, flat, inadequate, ineffectual, ineffective, half-hearted
lame, tame, uninspired, unimaginative, lacklustre, spiritless, lifeless, anaemic, bloodless
informal pathetic
rare etiolated

verb

1‘his face paled’

SYNONYMS
go white, turn white, become pale, grow pale, turn pale, blanch, blench, lose colour
whiten, lighten

2‘everything else pales by comparison’

SYNONYMS
decrease in importance, lose significance, pale into insignificance
fade, dwindle, diminish, lessen, dim, lose lustre

Phrases

    beyond the pale

    ‘his behaviour was beyond the pale’


    SYNONYMS

    unacceptable, unseemly, improper, indiscreet, unsuitable, irregular, unreasonable, intolerable, disgraceful, deplorable, outrageous, scandalous, shocking, insupportable, objectionable, offensive, distasteful

    informal

    not on, not the done thing, out of order, out of line

    dated

    not quite the thing

    Australian, New Zealand informal

    over the fence

    rare

    exceptionable