lurid

adjective
lu·​rid | \ ˈlu̇r-əd \

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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Three types of subject dominate the period: thunderstorms, shipwrecks and lurid sunsets. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Nature’s Explosive Power," 28 Dec. 2018 Conservatives have been trading lurid conspiracy theories in their own media echo chamber for ages. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Running now at Raven Theatre in a flawed production directed by Jason Gerace, Tennessee Williams's 1958 one-act is less a play than a lurid bit of storytelling set in an elaborate frame. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Raven Theatre can’t deliver on Suddenly Last Summer’s mythic, monstrous potential," 16 May 2018 His mild manner seems at odds with the lurid violence of crime novels. New York Times, "How to Catch a Killer in China: Another Chinese Crime Novel Goes Global," 4 June 2018 Their stories were salacious, empowering, and captivating—a lurid peek into the darker side of the industry. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 The all-male, all-white members of the committee questioned her credibility and quibbled with her over the lurid details of her account. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Anita Hill’s claims echo in allegation against Kavanaugh. Three decades later, will anything be different?," 17 Sep. 2018 About twenty minutes later, a young woman wearing dark blue scrubs with a mask drawn down around her neck emerges from the double doors with a lurid pink and white marble in a jar. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 But there are also far more lurid definitions in common parlance: Ralphing means upchucking from drink, boufing is ingesting alcohol anally (not kidding here, look it up), and the triangle is a three-way consisting of two men and one woman. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Ralphing, Boufing, and the Devil’s Triangle," 30 Sep. 2018

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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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lurid

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English Language Learners Definition of lurid

: 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 \

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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