Definitions

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  • noun The property of being lurid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
  • noun the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
  • noun the quality of being ghastly

Etymologies

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lurid +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Oh right, those horrid beasts tarnishing young minds with their luridness.

    Starbucks and the Censored Mermaid « Colleen Anderson

  • I mean, some of those offers weren't things that I wanted to do and were taking advantage of the luridness of my situation, but I haven't really had trouble working or existing or having a career.

    Paul Reubens: I'm Not Pee-Wee, I'm A Different Person

  • I mean, some of those offers weren't things that I wanted to do and were taking advantage of the luridness of my situation, but I haven't really had trouble working or existing or having a career.

    Paul Reubens: I'm Not Pee-Wee, I'm A Different Person

  • Essentially a police procedural, the film prefigures the luridness of Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom" (1960) and Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy" (1972), but it's much closer in spirit to Otto Preminger's "Bunny Lake Is Missing" (1965).

    Lessons Without Lectures

  • The MSNBC report from above is pretty kind and steers away from the delicious, gossipy luridness of what was going down — or rather ...

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • The MSNBC report from above is pretty kind and steers away from the delicious, gossipy luridness of what was going down — or rather ...

    Dogs Lick Themselves, Water Is Wet, Oh Yeah...And The Sun Can Be Hot.

  • It is a measure of Donoghue's skill that she almost completely sidesteps the tabloid luridness that stained the news accounts of those actual kidnappings.

    No Exit

  • The quick, shocking flashbacks of Sethe's brutalization by her white masters don't do the job -- they're horrific, but with a B-movie luridness.

    The Ghosts Of Slavery

  • I have a feeling, though, that there's a fair amount of covert luridness to all those poor virtuous virgins, and it worked better and worse as popular entertainment than it seems to us now.

    Horses in seventh-century England

  • FREDRICKSON: My issue was that the billboard had this sense of luridness and deception.

    CNN Transcript Apr 5, 2007

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