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pale1 / pāl/ • adj. light in color or having little color: choose pale floral patterns for walls. ∎  (of a person's face or complexion) having less color than usual, typically as a result of shock, fear, or ill health: she looked pale and drawn. ∎ fig. feeble and unimpressive: unconvincing rock that came across as a pale imitation of Bruce Springsteen. • v. [intr.] 1. become pale in one's face from shock or fear: I paled at the thought of what she might say. 2. seem less impressive or important: all else pales by comparison | his own problems paled into insignificance compared to the plight of this child. DERIVATIVES: pale·ly adv. pale·ness n. pal·ish adj. pale2 • n. 1. a wooden stake or post used as an upright along with others to form a fence. ∎ fig. a boundary: bring these things back within the pale of decency. ∎ archaic or hist. an area within determined bounds, or subject to a particular jurisdiction. 2. (the Pale) hist. another term for English Pale. ∎  the areas of Russia to which Jewish residence was restricted. 3. Heraldry a broad vertical stripe down the middle of a shield. PHRASES: beyond the pale outside the bounds of acceptable behavior: the language my father used was beyond the pale. in pale Heraldry arranged vertically. per pale Heraldry divided by a vertical line.

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Pale:1 In Irish and English history, that district of indefinite and varying limits around Dublin, in which English law prevailed. The term was first used in the 14th cent. to designate what had previously been called English land. Outlying districts were styled the marches, or border lands. In the time of Henry VIII the Pale extended N from Dublin to Dundalk and c.20 mi (32 km) inland from the coast. It disappeared in the ensuing years as the English control of the whole of Ireland was made effective. There was another English Pale in France, comprising Calais and the surrounding area, until 1558.

2 In Russia the Pale designated those regions in which Jews were allowed to live. The Jewish Pale was established in 1792, when it comprised the areas annexed from Poland in the first partition. The area was extended (partly as a result of further annexations), but even within the Pale the Jewish population was subjected to many restrictions. Most of these were in force until the Russian Revolution of 1917.

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pale1 former term for an area within determined bounds, or subject to a particular jurisdiction, as in the Pale, used to designate the English Pale in medieval Ireland, the territory of Calais in northern France when under English jurisdiction, and those areas of Tsarist Russia to which Jewish residence was restricted (known more fully as the Pale of Settlement).

Pale in Middle English, meaning a wooden stake used as an upright along with others to form a fence, comes via Old French from Latin palus ‘stake’.
beyond the pale outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour (recorded from the mid 19th century).

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pale1 pointed stake used in forming a fence; fence of these; limit, boundary XIV; (her.) ordinary consisting of a vertical band XV; territory within determined bounds XVI. — (O)F. pal, var. of pel (mod. pieu) = It. palo :— L. pālus stake, f. IE. *paĝ-, base of pangere fix.
So vb. enclose with pales. XIV. — (O)F. paler; surviving in paling XV. palisade XVI. — F. palissade.

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pale2 of whitish colour XIII; faint, dim XIV. — OF. pal(l)e (mod. pâle) — L. pallidus PALLID.
So vb. XIV. — OF. palir (mod. pâlir).

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pale3 light in colour or shade.
pale horse the creature on which Death rides in the vision in Revelation 6:8.

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pale A boundary. Originally, a deer-proof fence erected around the perimeter of a park.

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pale A boundary. Originally, a deer-proof fence erected around the perimeter of a park.

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pale2 in heraldry, a broad vertical stripe down the middle of a shield (see paly).

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