Synonyms and Antonyms of lurid

  1. 1 extremely disturbing or repellent we quickly drove past the lurid scene of the crash Synonyms of lurid appalling, atrocious, awful, dreadful, frightful, ghastly, grisly, gruesome (also grewsome), hideous, horrendous, horrid, horrific, horrifying, horrible, macabre, monstrous, nightmare, nightmarish, shocking, terrible, terrificWords Related to lurid alarming, bloodcurdling, dire, direful, fearful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, frightening, gut-wrenching, hair-raising, heart-stopping, intimidating, redoubtable, scary, terrifying; abhorrent, deplorable, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, loathsome, nauseating, noisome, obnoxious, obscene, offensive, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sickening; abominable, evil, foul, heinous, noxious, odious, unspeakable, vile; grotesque, ugly, unsightlyNear Antonyms of lurid agreeable, appealing, attractive, delectable, delicious, delightful, enjoyable, enticing, inviting, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, welcome; cheering, comforting, soothing

  2. 2 lacking a healthy skin color the doctor was alarmed by the patient's lurid complexion Synonyms of lurid ashen, ashy, blanched, cadaverous, doughy, livid, pale, mealy, paled, pallid, pasty, peaked, wanWords Related to lurid sallow, sallowish, sick, sickly, waxen, waxy; white, whitened; anemic, bloodless; untanned; whey-faced, white-facedNear Antonyms of lurid blushing, flushed, pinkAntonyms of lurid blooming, florid, flush, full-blooded, glowing, red, rosy, rubicund, ruddy, sanguine

  3. 3 arousing a strong and usually superficial interest or emotional reaction the lurid news reports about the romance between the two Hollywood stars Synonyms of lurid catchpenny, gee-whiz, sensational, screaming, sensationalist, sensationalisticWords Related to lurid catchy; colorful, juicy, racy, suggestive; dramatic, histrionic, melodramatic, theatrical (also theatric); coarse, vulgar; gory, shockingNear Antonyms of lurid innocuous, inoffensive, tame; dignified, formal, proper, restrainedAntonyms of lurid nonsensational

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

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