• WordNet 3.6
    • n luridness the quality of being ghastly
    • n luridness unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
    • n luridness the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.”


In literature:

To this lurid picture was added the spectacle of burning oil, which the British threw on the enemy lines.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
The light-gray eyes were lurid.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
No sooner did the distiller observe those lurid hieroglyphics upon the barrels than he uttered a shout of delight.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
Brief and bright were those days, and the night Which followed was full of a lurid light.
"The Golden Legend" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Every pillar and pinnacle was seen with a lurid and terrible distinctness.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
Then the lurid lights died out of the pall of smoke, and the pall itself began to settle.
"The Danger Trail" by James Oliver Curwood
Columns of smoke could be seen rolling upward, while the fire beneath imparted a lurid glare to them.
"Thrilling Adventures by Land and Sea" by James O. Brayman
The ink-black heavens are fearfully majestic, seen in the lightning's lurid glare.
"Natalie" by Ferna Vale
His aspirations as to the future of Mr. Kennaston and Mr. Jukesbury, it appeared, were both lurid and unfriendly.
"The Eagle's Shadow" by James Branch Cabell
The lightning's lurid glare illumines, ever and anon, the scene.
"Punchinello, Vol. II. No. 38, Saturday, December 17, 1870." by Various

In poetry:

Dream on the soothing dream at will:
The lurid mist is o'er,
That showed the righteous suffering still
Upon th' eternal shore.
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
She wrote: 'We have him half by theft.'
His wrinkles glistened keen:
And see the Winter storm-cloud cleft
To lurid skies between!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
I dream about the world, but then
I dream of fiends instead of men;
Each smiling hope so quickly fades
And such a lurid gloom pervades
"A Voice From The Dungeon" by Anne Bronte
He, too, had splendour seraph-like and bright
Wrapt as in some thin shroud,
And lurid as the sultry summer light
Girding a thunder-cloud.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
"Four days I steered to eastward,
Four days without a night:
Round in a fiery ring
Went the great sun, O King,
With red and lurid light."
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sometimes reflection's lurid beam
Will dart like madness o'er my mind ;
And, as a baleful meteor stream
To show the dreadful wreck behind.
"Stanzas - 3" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

A popular section of Hudson River Park, near to where a young woman was raped just over a week ago, has become a randy red-light district teeming with transvestites, johns and lurid early-hours sex.
Gator-filled swamps, an ultra-grungy murderer, racial undertones and a sexually charged atmosphere make up the tense and lurid world of The Paperboy.
'Killer Joe' lurid, loud and violent.
The documents indicate the principal knew lurid details, but police say she failed to report the teacher.
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack has been caught on camera in a lurid scandal where another woman is apparently licking her breast.
"Wake in Fright": The Wickedest Walkabout Returns, Lurid as Ever.
Stacking impossibility on top of improbability, yet never losing track of his wacky narrative, Buckley serves up a menu of lurid sexual, legal, media and show-business excess en brochette .
Despite the lurid animation from the California teachers union and skillful narration by one of Hollywood's liberal lions, those associations remain an irresponsible example of fairytale logic.
Caruso, hedges on its lurid promise.
Hobo With a Shotgun lives up to its lurid, cheap-ass title.
Stetson Kennedy, a folklorist and social crusader who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s and wrote a lurid exposé of its activities, "I Rode With the Ku Klux Klan ," died on Saturday in St Augustine, Fla. Enlarge This Image.
Manhattan madam Anna Gristina was sentenced in state Supreme Court to time served on Tuesday, bringing a quiet end to a case that had generated lurid headlines in the New York media.
A United Nations report released on Monday reveals some lurid details about abuses committed by Afghan security forces under supervision of American trainers, The New York Times reports.
CULLMAN — While the United States teeters on the financial cliff, more attention is being given to the lurid extramarital affairs of military and government leaders than the more pressing problems facing the nation.
Hobo With a Shotgun lives up to its lurid, cheap-ass title.