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lurid

adjective

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2 lacking a healthy skin color
  • The doctor was alarmed by the patient's lurid complexion.
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3 arousing a strong and usually superficial interest or emotional reaction
  • the lurid news reports about the romance between the two Hollywood stars
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ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, lurid mean horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect. ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of corpses and ghosts.
    • a ghastly accident
grisly and gruesome suggest additionally the results of extreme violence or cruelty.
    • an unusually grisly murder
    • suffered a gruesome death
macabre implies a morbid preoccupation with the physical aspects of death.
    • a macabre tale of premature burial
lurid adds to gruesome the suggestion of shuddering fascination with violent death and especially with murder.
    • the lurid details of a crime


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