ashen ashen  /ˈæ ʃən/


  1. (adj) anemic looking from illness or emotion
  2. (adj) made of wood of the ash tree



  1. Pete Townshend went ashen quiet.
  2. But the family, worried by his ashen appearance, ignored the order.
  3. Yet alert viewers will see his pale face turn a shade ashen.


  • County Clipboard: Ashen leads team to title

    Bill Ashen was named All-America for the fifth time after helping lead King Mountain Fog to a 60-over National Men's Volleyball title in Louisville, Ky. A 6-foot-4 middle blocker for the Fog, Ashen averaged 4.3 blocks per match and a few kills, compiling a .586 hitting percentage.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Monterey County Herald


  1. "It was a very subdued walk back to the House floor," said Rep. Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "People were ashen."
    on May 30, 2004 By: Jane Harman Source: Collective Bellaciao

  2. "Over the weekend, all the leadership left the White House. They were all ashen faced. They were using words like 'Armageddon,"' said Rep. Steven LaTourette, an Ohio Republican.
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Steve LaTourette Source: Forbes

  3. "Ben is distraught by this," said Pearce. "He now realises just how bad the challenge was and his face was ashen when I spoke to him yesterday. He is disgusted with himself and there is no way I, or anyone at my club, can defend it. People...
    on Aug 25, 2006 By: Stuart Pearce Source: Independent Online

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