1) ADJ-GRADED Someone or something that is pallid is pale in an unattractive or unnatural way.

...helpless grief on pallid faces.

...pallid grey vapour.

2) ADJ-GRADED You can describe something such as a performance or book as pallid if it is weak or not at all exciting.

...a pallid account of the future of transport.

...a pallid unsuccessful romance.

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