luridness

noun
1. the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
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the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation

Syn: ↑sensationalism
Derivationally related forms: ↑lurid, ↑sensationalistic (for: ↑sensationalism), ↑sensationalist (for: ↑sensationalism)
Hypernyms: ↑journalese
2. the quality of being ghastly
Syn: ↑ghastliness, ↑grimness, ↑gruesomeness
Derivationally related forms: ↑lurid, ↑gruesome (for: ↑gruesomeness), ↑grim (for: ↑grimness), ↑ghastly (for: ↑ghastliness)
Hypernyms: ↑frightfulness
3. unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
Syn:
Derivationally related forms:
wan (for: ↑wanness), ↑pale (for: ↑pallor), ↑pallid (for: ↑pallidness), ↑pale (for: ↑paleness), ↑lurid, ↑livid (for: ↑lividity), ↑livid (for: ↑lividness)
Hypernyms: ↑complexion, ↑skin color, ↑skin colour

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • luridness — noun see lurid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • luridness — n. ghastliness, dreadfulness; sensationalism; glaring brightness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • luridness — lu·rid·ness …   English syllables

  • luridness — lu·rid (lo͝or’ĭd) adj. 1) a) Characterized by vivid description or explicit details that are meant to provoke or shock: »a lurid account of the crime. b) Characterized by shocking or outrageous behavior: »a friend with a lurid past. 2) a) Bright… …   Word Histories

  • achromasia — noun unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress) • Syn: ↑lividness, ↑lividity, ↑luridness, ↑paleness, ↑pallidness, ↑pallor, ↑wanness • Derivationally related …   Useful english dictionary

  • ghastliness — noun the quality of being ghastly • Syn: ↑grimness, ↑gruesomeness, ↑luridness • Derivationally related forms: ↑lurid (for: ↑luridness), ↑gruesome ( …   Useful english dictionary

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