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[loo r-id] /ˈlʊər ɪd/
gruesome; horrible; revolting:
the lurid details of an accident.
glaringly vivid or sensational; shocking:
the lurid tales of pulp magazines.
terrible in intensity, fierce passion, or unrestraint:
lurid crimes.
lighted or shining with an unnatural, fiery glow; wildly or garishly red:
a lurid sunset.
wan, pallid, or ghastly in hue; livid.
Origin of lurid
First recorded in 1650-60, lurid is from the Latin word lūridus sallow, ghastly
Related forms
luridly, adverb
luridness, noun
5. dismal, pale, murky. Unabridged
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  • Nor had he any choice but to listen to the luridly narrated facts.

  • All the plain was smoky or luridly lit; a vast Shield of Mars, with War in action.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Then into the sky leaped another ray, narrow, luridly green.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • "Do what you please," was in effect Winter's luridly adjectived answer.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • What if there was champagne in it after all, so Miss Mapp luridly conjectured!

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • These were filled with thin, paper-covered "volumes" luridly colored.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • In this square great pest-fires burned, lighting it luridly.

    Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
  • As for the Bishops, they will talk daggers as luridly as the rest, but they will not even threaten to use any.

  • For not one of the stories that luridly portrayed him in the rle of a ruthless killer and outlaw was true.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for luridly


/ˈlʊərɪd; ˈljʊərɪd/
vivid in shocking detail; sensational
horrible in savagery or violence
pallid in colour; wan
glowing with an unnatural glare
Derived Forms
luridly, adverb
luridness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūridus pale yellow; probably related to lūtum a yellow vegetable dye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for luridly



1650s, "pale," from Latin luridus "pale yellow, ghastly," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Greek khloros (see Chloe). Meaning "glowing in the darkness" is from 1727. The figurative sense of "sensational" is first attested 1850. Related: Luridly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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