lurid

[ loor-id ]
/ ˈlʊər ɪd /

adjective

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.

QUIZZES

TAKE THIS QUIZ TO SEE WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL PUNCTUATION!

Commas mark divisions in sentences. Periods end declarative sentences. Apostrophes show possession. Easy, right? Well, punctuation can get pretty tricky—fast. Think you got what it takes to be a punctuation expert? Take our quiz to prove it!
Question 1 of 10
Which of the options below is the best punctuation for the sentence? It__s your turn to pick the movie __ but your sister gets to pick the board game we _ re going to play.

Origin of lurid

First recorded in 1650–60, lurid is from the Latin word lūridus sallow, ghastly

OTHER WORDS FROM lurid

lu·rid·ly, adverblu·rid·ness, noun

Words nearby lurid

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for lurid

British Dictionary definitions for lurid

lurid
/ (ˈlʊərɪd, ˈljʊərɪd) /

adjective

vivid in shocking detail; sensational
horrible in savagery or violence
pallid in colour; wan
glowing with an unnatural glare

Derived forms of lurid

luridly, adverbluridness, noun

Word Origin for lurid

C17: from Latin lūridus pale yellow; probably related to lūtum a yellow vegetable dye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012