adjective \ˈlr-əd\

: causing shock or disgust : involving sex or violence in a way that is meant to be shocking

: shining or glowing with a bright and unpleasant color

Full Definition of LURID

a :  causing horror or revulsion :  gruesome
b :  melodramatic, sensational; also :  shocking <paperbacks in the usual lurid covers — T. R. Fyvel>
a :  wan and ghastly pale in appearance
b :  of any of several light or medium grayish colors ranging in hue from yellow to orange
:  shining with the red glow of fire seen through smoke or cloud
lu·rid·ly adverb
lu·rid·ness noun

Examples of LURID

  1. a lurid tale of violence and betrayal
  2. the lurid lighting of a nightclub
  3. The light from the fire cast a lurid glow on everything.

Origin of LURID

Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow
First Known Use: 1603

Rhymes with LURID


Next Word in the Dictionary: luringly
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Luri
All Words Near: lurid

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up lurid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More