A pall was originally a coffin’s cloak. Now pall usually means that an event or situation is — literally or figuratively — covered in gloom, like disappointing news that casts a pall on your day.

The noun pall comes from the Latin word, pallium, “covering or cloak.” This use of pall has come to mean "gloom" like your grandparents' not being there to celebrate with you that casts a pall over your graduation. The verb pall is used when someone or something becomes boring or less interesting over time. Your initial willingness to perform household chores began to pall when you realized that no one else was willing to chip in.

Definitions of pall
  1. noun
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
    synonyms: cerement, shroud, winding-clothes, winding-sheet
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    burial garment
    cloth used to cover a corpse in preparation for burial
  2. noun
    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
    synonyms: curtain, drape, drapery, mantle
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    drop, drop cloth, drop curtain
    a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
    a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
    a drapery that covers the front of an altar
    a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
    shower curtain
    a curtain that keeps water from splashing out of the shower area
    theater curtain, theatre curtain
    a hanging cloth that conceals the stage from the view of the audience; rises or parts at the beginning and descends or closes between acts and at the end of a performance
    safety curtain
    a fireproof theater curtain to be dropped in case of fire
    a theater drop that appears opaque until it is lit from behind
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    blind, screen
    a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
    (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
  3. noun
    a dark covering or cloud, as of smoke
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    cloak, scrim
    anything that covers or conceals
  4. noun
    a sudden numbing dread
    synonyms: chill
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    apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
  5. verb
    cover with a pall
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  6. verb
    lose strength or effectiveness; become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)
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    become weaker
  7. verb
    become less interesting or attractive
    synonyms: dull
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  8. verb
    lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
    synonyms: fatigue, jade, tire, weary
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    conk out, peter out, poop out, run down, run out
    use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
    retire, withdraw
    lose interest
    back down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out
    remove oneself from an obligation
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    degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
    grow worse
  9. verb
    cause to become flat
    pall the beer”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  10. verb
    lose sparkle or bouquet
    “wine and beer can pall
    synonyms: become flat, die
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  11. verb
    cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing
    synonyms: cloy
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    fill, replete, sate, satiate
    fill to satisfaction
  12. verb
    cause to lose courage
    synonyms: dash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, scare, scare away, scare off
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    intimidate, restrain
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
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