lurid

adjective
lu·​rid | \ ˈlu̇r-əd How to pronounce lurid (audio) \

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. Hay
b : 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

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Other Words from lurid

luridly adverb
luridness noun

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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

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.
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In April, Victoria Alonso, executive vp production at Marvel, discovered the Con Queen was using her identity to conduct lurid fake telephone auditions with aspiring actors. Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter, "FBI Seeks More Victims of Hollywood Con Artist After Marvel Executive Targeted," 15 July 2019 The latest turn in the long, lurid saga of Jeff Epstein comes more than a decade after a secretive plea deal enabled him to avoid similar charges in Florida. Time, "The Mystery Around Jeffrey Epstein's Fortune and How He Made It," 9 July 2019 My mother and sister were fascinated by the lurid tale that unspooled in the following years (and decades). Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Review: History Theatre’s ‘Glensheen’ is as funny and fascinating as ever," 8 July 2019 This was not just a lurid invention of Orwell’s imagination. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Pavlik Morozov Is the Patron Saint of Cancel Culture," 2 July 2019 Reporters aren’t looking to splash lurid details on social media. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Keep police and fire radio communications open and transparent," 14 June 2019 Hersey is at his best in extremity, as in his war writing and in Hiroshima, where his restrained, sober voice is able to describe violence and horror that in the hands of a more lively writer might seem lurid. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "How John Hersey Bore Witness," 27 June 2019 There is a fan zone, a boulevard of sponsors’ tents, lurid blue signs offering directions in a childlike font. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Has Set the World Cup Table. Will Russians Embrace the Party?," 14 June 2018 The very name of the estate conjures lurid images of the wild, lavish parties Hefner hosted over the decades in the 20,000-square-foot home — but LA councilman Paul Koretz is focused on a different aspect of the property's history. Becca Endicott, ELLE Decor, "The Playboy Mansion Is In The Running To Become A Historical Landmark," 10 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of lurid

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lurid

Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow

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Dictionary Entries near lurid

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Lurex

Luri

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luringly

lurk

lurry

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The first known use of lurid was in 1603

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lurid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lurid

disapproving
: 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

adjective
lu·​rid | \ ˈlu̇r-əd How to pronounce lurid (audio) \

Kids Definition of lurid

1 : causing shock or disgust a lurid story
2 : glowing with an overly bright color lurid neon lights

Other Words from lurid

luridly adverb

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