AskDefine | Define luridness

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1 the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation" [syn: sensationalism]
2 unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress) [syn: lividness, lividity, paleness, pallidness, pallor, wanness, achromasia]
3 the quality of being ghastly [syn: ghastliness, grimness, gruesomeness]

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  1. The property of being lurid.
    The luridness of the author's descriptions turned off the critics.
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