lurid

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adjective lu·rid \ˈlu̇r-əd\

Definition of lurid

  1. 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

  2. 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. 3 :  shining with the red glow of fire seen through smoke or cloud lurid flames

luridly

adverb

luridness

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Examples of lurid in a Sentence

  1. a lurid tale of violence and betrayal

  2. the lurid lighting of a nightclub

  3. The light from the fire cast a lurid glow on everything.

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Origin and Etymology of lurid

Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow

Synonym Discussion of 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

LURID Defined for English Language Learners

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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

lurid

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adjective lu·rid \ˈlu̇r-əd\

Definition of lurid for Students

  1. 1 :  causing shock or disgust a lurid story

  2. 2 :  glowing with an overly bright color lurid neon lights

luridly

adverb


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