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Definition very pale - often due to illness or fear
  • She gasped, her face suddenly ashen.
ashen = very pale
  • Her face turned ashen.
  • ashen = very pale
  • She was worried by his ashen appearance.
  • ashen = very pale
  • A moment ago her face had been ashen gray, now it was scarlet.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • ashen = very pale
  • "Yes'm," Stacey said, his face strangely ashen, his eyes on Papa.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • ashen = pale
  • If I did not think of something, the vision in the pool would come to pass, his body ashen and cold in its shroud.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • ashen = very pale
  • When he returned a few days later he was ashen.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • ashen = very pale
  • As she had spoken, I watched the Professor's face, and saw it turn ashen gray.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ashen = very pale
  • There was a band of sunlight on the bed between us, and, for just a moment, the ashen gray face looking at me from the other side of it was a dead ringer for Hassan's,
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ashen = very pale
  • "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
  • ashen = very pale
  • The faces of the others were set, and Harker's grew ashen grey.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ashen = very pale
  • I found the Nguyens behind the counter, all the way against the wall, faces ashen, Mr. Nguyen's arms wrapped around his wife.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ashen = very pale
  • 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
  • ashen = very pale
  • He raised his hand and pointed to the bed, and his iron face was drawn and ashen white.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ashen = very pale
  • It was small and cavelike—dark, moist, frigid, with ashen walls and cold tiles the color of lead.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • ashen = light-gray (like the color of ashes)
  • The shades would infuse it with their chill presence, and I had wanted to feel that power, ashen and unearthly.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
ashen = very pale

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