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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Recent Examples on the Web The tropical hibiscus produces some of the most lurid blossoms in the garden — a broad, ruffled, flared collar around a central antenna full of knobbly, nectar-rich protuberances. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The sultry plant that will break your heart," 13 Aug. 2019 Read on to learn of some of the book's most lurid moments. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "'Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly' reveals singer's abuse, ugly relationship with Jay-Z," 7 May 2019 Hustlers is, on its face, an upbeat true-crime romp full of jazzy dance numbers, flashy mid-2000s fashion, and lurid heists. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Welcome Rise of the Stripper Ensemble Film," 12 Sep. 2019 Its shell is cracking, and a lurid yellow light gleams from within; a green gas seeps out. J.b., The Economist, "Forty years later, “Alien” remains at the apex of sci-fi horror films," 5 Sep. 2019 Tyler, the Creator has largely cast away the casual homophobia, sexism, lurid violence and cynicism that characterized his time with the Odd Future collective. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The lurid texts were released days after the U.S. Justice Department announced the indictments of Rosselló’s former education secretary and health insurance administration director over government contract awards. Michael Deibert, BostonGlobe.com, "Puerto Rico’s governor poised to resign amid ongoing protests," 24 July 2019 Her arc is far more lurid than Kathy’s behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing, and Berloff can’t get the two tones to co-exist; dozens of transitions in The Kitchen are jarring as a result. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Kitchen Can’t Figure Out What Kind of Gangster Film It Is," 9 Aug. 2019 Pink can work - take a look at some of Palermo's home shirts - but pink that is this lurid is a no-go. SI.com, "50 Worst Football Shirts of All Time," 3 July 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of lurid was in 1603

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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

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