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as in:  ashen skin color

a face turned ashen
  grayish in color - often in reference to a person’s appearance due to illness or emotion
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  • a face turned ashen
  • worried by his ashen appearance
  • A moment ago her face had been ashen gray, now it was scarlet.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • There were days when the ashen overcast thinned and now the standing trees along the road made the faintest of shadows over the snow.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road

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  • From where I sit on the field, he’s a bizarre specter, so frail and ashen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Livvy was ashen; Ty was clutching her shirt with a death grip.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Eleanor paled from pale to ashen.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • When he returned a few days later he was ashen.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I flashed to my grandfather’s ashen face, his lips just barely moving, uttering those very words.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He trailed off, his face ashen.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • I say mercifully because it was never my nature to harbor such thoughts, which have always been near-caustic to me, but in respect to the doctor a vital, searing charge was propelling me, an ashen, bitter hate whose taste I no longer abhorred.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I look down and take inventory, and then brush off with my hands the ashen residue left from the fallen beast.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Sacha’s complexion was ashen but for the bruised blotches on her jaw.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The Count’s frozen face was petrified and ashen and the blood still poured down the parallel cuts.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • She came in all ashen-faced and swollen-eyed this morning.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • "Yes’m," Stacey said, his face strangely ashen, his eyes on Papa.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Every six or seven days, the same two pallid casualty assistance officers enter the refectory, and four hundred faces go ashen from the effort of not turning to watch.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Chubs was the one to answer, his face ashen.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Somewhere near Fort Lee, I caught a reflected glimpse of my ashen, unhappy face superimposed against a panorama of filling stations and drive-ins and tried to close my eyes and mind to the horror of existence.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Elliot’s body lay a few feet away, his mouth parted, his skin ashen.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Not that he looks like he feels anything, much," he added, peering closely at Jamie’s ashen face and sealed, bluish eyelids.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I can still see her plumpish hands folded on the table, though, and the disturbing shade of her nail polish: an ashen, silvery color, something between lavender and blue.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She shook her head, ashen faced.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Her face turns ashen and she seems to have ceased breathing.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Fernando stares at Christina, his face ashen.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Both are small in stature with ashen skin and black hair.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Edwin glanced down at the bloody red gashes surrounded by puffy ashen skin and whistled low.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • She says it like she expects him to relent, but her wide eyes and ashen face suggest otherwise.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • A moment ago her face had been ashen gray, now it was scarlet.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Courtney gasped, her face suddenly ashen.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Mommy sat by him in silence, her face ashen.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The boy from District 1, Cato and the girl from District 2, and a scrawny, ashen-skinned boy who must be from District 3.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Their faces were ashen gray after the long, uneasy vigil.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Three examples, if nothing else, will give you the ashen taste in your mouth that defined my existence during that year.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • But in the dim, flickering light I saw the ashen pallor of death on her face.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity — except his wife, who moved close to Tom.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • As Eddie bent down beside him, the kid looked up with dull eyes, ashen and powdery, not quite in register.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He raised his hand and pointed to the bed, and his iron face was drawn and ashen white.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Her face was ashen.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • When she saw me approaching the group, her face went "ashen."
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Kamal’s father was sitting cross-legged in the center of the circle, rocking back and forth, kissing his son’s ashen face.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Other than the patches of early snow scattered over the ground like hopscotch squares, every inch of the camp was an ashen, otherworldly gray, reminding one POW of the moon.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • From Langdon’s ashen expression, Fache sensed the news was bad.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Where was I?" said Hagrid, but at that moment, Uncle Vernon, still ashen-faced but looking very angry, moved into the firelight.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Entering the common room, Harry looked around, and to his surprise he saw Ron sitting ashen-faced in a distant corner.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He wore a lint-colored suit that matched his gray hair and his ashen face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Simon was ashen, but before Clary could reassure him, the front door banged open.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Milo let out a long, melancholy wail and staggered back, beads of perspiration popping out suddenly all over his ashen face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His face was still ashen white.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • His face was ashen.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
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