luridness

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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