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
A solitary tunicate appears a bit like a swollen, sometimes lurid heart.
The glitter isn’t tacky or lurid: your eyes won’t look like disco balls.
Siegel’s version was lurid but calculatedly so, not out of any emotional commitment to the material.
But that's nothing in comparison with more lurid aspects of his life.
A decade later, a new district attorney reopened the investigation after Cosby’s lurid testimony about drugs and sex became public, and dozens of women came forward against one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.
A decade later, another district attorney reopened the investigation after his lurid deposition became public, and dozens of women came forward against one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.
But TV networks had long since scrapped plans for a comeback and pulled reruns from the air after his lurid deposition testimony became public.
A quick, two-day trial saw lurid details presented by both sides.
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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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