[ loor-id ]
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  1. gruesome; horrible; revolting: the lurid details of an accident.

  2. glaringly vivid or sensational; shocking: the lurid tales of pulp magazines.

  1. terrible in intensity, fierce passion, or unrestraint: lurid crimes.

  2. lighted or shining with an unnatural, fiery glow; wildly or garishly red: a lurid sunset.

  3. wan, pallid, or ghastly in hue; livid.

Origin of lurid

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

Other words for lurid

Other words from lurid

  • lu·rid·ly, adverb
  • lu·rid·ness, noun

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How to use lurid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lurid


/ (ˈlʊərɪd, ˈljʊərɪd) /

  1. vivid in shocking detail; sensational

  2. horrible in savagery or violence

  1. pallid in colour; wan

  2. glowing with an unnatural glare

Origin of lurid

C17: from Latin lūridus pale yellow; probably related to lūtum a yellow vegetable dye

Derived forms of lurid

  • luridly, adverb
  • luridness, noun

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