- 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
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Examples from the Web for lurid
This lurid embrace of art and life was not an isolated thunderclap.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
Then the locals arrived for water aerobics conducted by a Riviera coach in lurid pink-and-black Lycra to French pop.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
When my house got broken into, my political convictions were instantly replaced with lurid revenge fantasies.How to Stay Liberal After You Get Robbed
Kelly Williams Brown
June 29, 2014
Dave taunted the crowd with threats and obscenities, and finally soaked them with lurid synthetic bodily fluids.My Friend Oderus Urungus: GWAR’s Dave Brockie Was a High School Punk Legend
March 25, 2014
I choked on my croissant at the lurid accounts in the New York Times, which positively wallowed in the story.Marriage, the French Way
February 12, 2014
The lurid light of the fire showed us ourselves in distorted shadows.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
"You paint a lurid picture" I said, when he stopped for breath.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It was the work of a lurid lady novelist, popular some ten years before.Cleo The Magnificent
"Issy" was a lover of certain kinds of literature and reveled in lurid fiction.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
It had bathed the whole world in another light—a lurid light.The Shadow of a Crime
- vivid in shocking detail; sensational
- horrible in savagery or violence
- pallid in colour; wan
- glowing with an unnatural glare
Word Origin and History for lurid
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.