Definition of lurid
1a : causing horror or revulsion : gruesome The tabloids gave all the lurid details of floating wreckage and dismembered bodies.b : melodramatic, sensational; also : shocking paperbacks in the usual lurid covers — T. R. Fyvel
2a : wan and ghastly pale in appearance frightened to death by the lurid waxworks — Sara H. Hayb : of any of several light or medium grayish colors ranging in hue from yellow to orange
3 : shining with the red glow of fire seen through smoke or cloud lurid flames
Examples of lurid in a Sentence
a lurid tale of violence and betrayal
the lurid lighting of a nightclub
The light from the fire cast a lurid glow on everything.
Recent Examples of lurid from the Web
On Tuesday, it was discovered painted a lurid red by a group of anti-whaling activists.
Where Mr. Siegel went loud and lurid, Ms. Coppola has gone characteristically quiet, creating an unsettledness that Ms. Dunst nicely described as festering.
This ought to be interesting: President Clinton faces the media Wednesday for the first time since Congress released the lurid 445-page report on his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
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Origin and Etymology of lurid
Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of lurid
LURID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lurid for English Language Learners
: 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
LURID Defined for Kids
Definition of lurid for Students
1 : causing shock or disgust a lurid story
2 : glowing with an overly bright color lurid neon lights
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