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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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  • What are the luridly smoky lucubrations of that fellow to the clear grasp of my intellect?

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

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It is the glare of the scarlet letter itself, and all that it luridly reveals and weirdly implies, which produced the tale.

    Literary and Social Essays George William Curtis
  • Then into the sky leaped another ray, narrow, luridly green.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • Nor did he present himself again to her eyes, until, several years afterwards, those eyes so luridly welcomed him to Podden Place.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • What if there was champagne in it after all, so Miss Mapp luridly conjectured!

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • "Do what you please," was in effect Winter's luridly adjectived answer.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • In this square great pest-fires burned, lighting it luridly.

    Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
  • Matters were becoming clear, luridly clear, to Mr. Merricks mind, and Angela gained all that Felicia lost.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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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