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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sunken-eyed characteristic of the bony face of a cadaver
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In literature:

Too surely the well-known figure came on; and the prodigal's sunken eyes looked more sunken still as he gazed.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Look at those deep-set eyes, sorrow-sunken, their care-wornness, and tell me what is this Love that endureth all things!
"Woman's Endurance" by A.D.L.
The eyes were sunken under deep and wrinkled brows, and the lips were drawn.
"The Romance of the Coast" by James Runciman
They were the lean, brown Barabbas and the pale, sunken-eyed Dismas.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
Lying on a very comfortable bed was a woman nearly white; her eyes were deep-sunken in her head, and she was painfully thin.
"Diddie, Dumps & Tot" by Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle
They were great black eyes, sunken into the face of an old woman.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
There were anxious deep hollows about his eyes which were at once brighter and more sunken than ever.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
His face was drawn and pinched, his eyes sunken in his head, his face deadly pale, and his hair matted with perspiration.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
Her eyes were dark and keen, her forehead domelike, and her square, resigned chin was sunken in the laces at her throat.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
What her eyes saw were the figures in the fountain of the sunken room.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
And yet it cannot be, for how thin, how wan, how hollow the cheeks, how sunken the eyes!
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
A pale, death-glimmer lit up Fedallah's sunken eyes; a hideous motion gnawed his mouth.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
In another moment George Liddell stood before his dispossessed kinswoman, a tall, gaunt figure with grizzled hair and sunken eyes.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
He saw now that her eye was on the silent welling of a spring into a sunken barrel.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The face of the man was deathly pale, his eyes were dull and sunken.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
Round eyes were set deeply in sunken pits.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
Its sunken temples, cheeks and eyes, and the sharply carven bone outline were heart gripping.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The old woman was following her with eyes tear dimmed in the sunken hollows.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
But Dilly Danforth is in the kitchen bending over a great wash-tub, pale and sunken-eyed as ever.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
The dark, sunken eyes of the prisoner gleamed like the flash of an expiring taper, wild and fitful, on our entering forms.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz

In poetry:

We met a girl; her dress was loose
And sunken was her eye,
Who with the wanton's hollow voice
Address'd the passers by;
"The Complaints Of The Poor" by Robert Southey
But now despair had seized her breast,
And sunken in her eye;
"Oh tell me but if Bertrand live,
And I in peace will die."
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Or, turning from the sunken sun,
On fields of dim delight to lie—
To close your eyes and muse upon
The twilight’s strange divinity!
"To - -" by Henry Kendall
One guest was there, with sunken eye
And mem'ry busy with the past—
Could he have chosen the time to die,
Some earlier feast had been his last.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
How he sleepeth! having drunken
Weary childhood's mandragore,
From his pretty eyes have sunken
Pleasures, to make room for more—-
Sleeping near the withered nosegay, which he pulled the day before.
"A Child Asleep" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The years sped on with rapid flight, and to his home once more
The soldier came: he walked not with the buoyant step of yore;
The eagle eye was sunken, dim, the curls of glossy hair
Fell careless round an aching brow, once free from shade of care.
"The Four Wishes" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

I said, as she ceased, and lay panting on her pillows, with her sunken eyes fixed eagerly upon my own.
For electronic duo Junior Boys, that means the industrial Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario, and the considerable pipes of improbable-looking frontman Jeremy Greenspan — a pale, sunken-eyed, slightly shaggy guy in his middle years.
With their open sores, sunken cheeks, glazed-over eyes and decaying teeth, the faces of meth addicts bear a striking resemblance to ones in a popular TV series – "The Walking Dead.".
Jose Antonio Ramos, a ragged-looking sex offender with sunken eyes and long, scraggly hair, was long ago deemed civilly responsible for the death of Etan Patz.