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2 lacking a healthy skin color
  • the doctor was alarmed by the patient's lurid complexion
  • was lurid after a long winter spent indoors

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3 arousing a strong and usually superficial interest or emotional reaction
  • the lurid news reports about the romance between the two Hollywood stars

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How is the word lurid different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of lurid are ghastly, grisly, gruesome, and macabre. While all these words mean "horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect," lurid adds to gruesome the suggestion of shuddering fascination with violent death and especially with murder.

the lurid details of a crime

When might ghastly be a better fit than lurid?

While the synonyms ghastly and lurid are close in meaning, ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of corpses and ghosts.

a ghastly accident

How do grisly and gruesome relate to one another, in the sense of lurid?

Both grisly and gruesome suggest additionally the results of extreme violence or cruelty.

an unusually grisly murder

suffered a gruesome death

Where would macabre be a reasonable alternative to lurid?

The synonyms macabre and lurid are sometimes interchangeable, but macabre implies a morbid preoccupation with the physical aspects of death.

a macabre tale of premature burial

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The first known use of lurid was in 1603

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28 May 2020

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“Lurid.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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