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Pathology. suffering from .
lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak:
an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Historical Examples

The Rices were known by their anaemic pallor, the Prunes by their congested skins.
Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet

The uniform paleness of her complexion was not that of an anaemic girl.
Chance Joseph Conrad

If I cannot credit him with complete success it is because the subsidiary tale of love which he gives us is really too anaemic.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, May 21, 1919. Various

Do you imagine that this anaemic youth was capable of so frightful an assault?
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

In short, Brissenden struck Martin as anaemic and feather-brained, and was promptly dismissed from his mind.
Martin Eden Jack London

Young lovers were pale and anaemic beside that long-married pair.
When God Laughs and Other Stories Jack London

“Don’t you be in too much hurry about that door,” said the anaemic cabman, anxiously.
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

Within a few months perhaps they are pale, anaemic, listless.
What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr

Then the mother arrived, an anaemic whirlwind of solicitude and maternal wrath.
When God Laughs and Other Stories Jack London

She had sacrificed her bloom to her babies, and was pallid and anaemic.
A Woman of the World Ella Wheeler Wilcox

relating to or suffering from anaemia
pale and sickly looking; lacking vitality
the usual US spelling of anaemic

c.1840; see anaemia + -ic. Figurative sense by 1898.

alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemic (q.v.). See ae.


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