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lurid

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adjective lu·rid \ˈlu̇r-əd\

Simple Definition of lurid

  • : 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

  1. 1 a :  causing horror or revulsion :  gruesome b :  melodramatic, sensational; also :  shocking <paperbacks in the usual lurid covers — T. R. Fyvel>

  2. 2 a :  wan and ghastly pale in appearance b :  of any of several light or medium grayish colors ranging in hue from yellow to orange

  3. 3 :  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

Synonym Discussion of lurid

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>.

Rhymes with lurid



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