anaemic (adj.) c.1840; see ANAEMIA (Cf. anaemia) + -IC (Cf. -ic). Figurative sense by 1898.

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  • Anaemic — A*n[ae]m ic, a. Of or pertaining to an[ae]mia. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anaemic — (US anemic) ► ADJECTIVE 1) suffering from anaemia. 2) lacking spirit or vitality …   English terms dictionary

  • anaemic — [[t]əni͟ːmɪk[/t]] (in AM, use anemic) 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ Someone who is anaemic suffers from anaemia. Losing a lot of blood makes you tired and anaemic. 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as anaemic, you mean that it is not as… …   English dictionary

  • anaemic — a|nae|mic also anemic AmE [əˈni:mık] adj 1.) suffering from anaemia ▪ his anaemic looking face 2.) written seeming weak and uninteresting ▪ an anaemic first novel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • anaemic — especially BrE anemic AmE adjective 1 suffering from anaemia 2 seeming weak and uninteresting: an anaemic performance of King Lear anaemically /kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • anaemic — UK [əˈniːmɪk] / US [əˈnɪmɪk] adjective 1) suffering from anaemia 2) weak or not effective Their decor was expensive but rather anaemic …   English dictionary

  • anaemic — anaemia, anaemic are spelt ae in BrE and e or ae in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • anaemic — chiefly British variant of anemic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anaemic — /euh nee mik/, adj. anemic. * * * …   Universalium

  • anaemic — a|nae|mic [ ə nimık ] another spelling of anemic …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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