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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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PA'LENESS, noun Wanness; defect of color; want of freshness or ruddiness; a sickly whiteness of look.

The blood the virgin's cheek forsook,

A livid paleness spreads o'er all her look.

1. Want of color or luster; as the paleness of a flower.

First Occurrence in the Bible(KJV): Jeremiah 30:6