Definitions

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  • n. The property of being lurid.

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

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

Etymologies

lurid +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Starbucks and the Censored Mermaid « Colleen Anderson

  • 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

  • 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

  • FREDRICKSON: My issue was that the billboard had this sense of luridness and deception that was trying to draw people some place.

    CNN Transcript Apr 9, 2007

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My issue was that the billboard had this sense of luridness and deception, that was trying to draw people some place.

    CNN Transcript Apr 7, 2007

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