Definition of lurid
- The tabloids gave all the lurid details of floating wreckage and dismembered bodies.
- frightened to death by the lurid waxworks
- —Sara H. Hay
- lurid flames
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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First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
: 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
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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