lurid

[loor-id]
adjective
1.
gruesome; horrible; revolting: the lurid details of an accident.
2.
glaringly vivid or sensational; shocking: the lurid tales of pulp magazines.
3.
terrible in intensity, fierce passion, or unrestraint: lurid crimes.
4.
lighted or shining with an unnatural, fiery glow; wildly or garishly red: a lurid sunset.
5.
wan, pallid, or ghastly in hue; livid.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin lūridus sallow, ghastly

luridly, adverb
luridness, noun


5. dismal, pale, murky.
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lurid (ˈlʊərɪd, ˈljʊərɪd)
 
adj
1.  vivid in shocking detail; sensational
2.  horrible in savagery or violence
3.  pallid in colour; wan
4.  glowing with an unnatural glare
 
[C17: from Latin lūridus pale yellow; probably related to lūtum a yellow vegetable dye]
 
'luridly
 
adv
 
'luridness
 
n

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lurid
1656, from L. luridus "pale yellow, ghastly," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Gk. khloros (see Chloe). The figurative sense of "sensational" is first attested 1850.
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Example sentences
Some of these diseases, in addition to their horrific manifestations, also have
  lurid origin stories.
As the trial grew more lurid, residents who were not called to testify in court
  chose to mostly ignore the proceedings.
Behind them the sun was setting and kindled the overcast heavens with lurid
  splendor.
Papers carried lurid pieces describing the havoc it wreaked.
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