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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lurid

luridly adverb
luridness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web The documentary has a loose, tragicomic structure, made up of mocking scenes in which her cheerful dad dies in lurid ways—an air conditioner falls on his head, a loose girder slices open his neck, a car hits him. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Making a Film About Your Father’s Death—While He’s Still Alive," 3 Oct. 2020 In this lurid account of ritual desecration, the Jews scourged the boy, anointed him with thorns, lanced him in the side as Christ had been lanced, and staunched the flow of blood with boiling water. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic," 29 Sep. 2020 One completely tasteless flashback, in which a superhero murders a Black teen-ager in front of his sister, ends with a lurid shot of the child’s smashed face. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Giddily Twisted Action of “The Boys”," 21 Sep. 2020 The Met countersued, revealing lurid details of its investigation and claiming that Mr. Levine’s misconduct had violated his duties. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "The Met Opera Fired James Levine, Citing Sexual Misconduct. He Was Paid $3.5 Million.," 20 Sep. 2020 The 2019 black comedy is about a psychotherapist who leaves behind her profession to become a fiction writer using her former patients' stories -- and lurid details -- for source material. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Meeting the Beatles In India’ and ‘Sibyl’ top this week’s streaming movies in Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque virtual screening rooms," 9 Sep. 2020 Indeed, what if the whole lurid rap sheet has been an elaborate set-up, with Nero as history’s patsy? Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020 And the chassis manages to be too hard and too soft, crashing over some apparently minor imperfections but delivering lurid body roll under even modest cornering loads. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation: Fake Guns, But a Real DB5," 11 Sep. 2020 Typically, chumboxes are near the bottom or on the right edge of a page, and contain links to other sites, often using hyperbolic headlines and lurid imagery. Daniel Hanley, Wired, "Ad Mergers Won't Save Journalism. Strict Merger Rules Would," 10 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lurid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lurid

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lurid

Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lurid

Time Traveler for lurid

Time Traveler

The first known use of lurid was in 1603

See more words from the same year

Statistics for lurid

Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lurid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lurid. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lurid

lurid

adjective
How to pronounce lurid (audio)

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

More from Merriam-Webster on lurid

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for lurid

Nglish: Translation of lurid for Spanish Speakers

Comments on lurid

What made you want to look up lurid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!