adjective lu·rid \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


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