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lurid

[ loor-id ]
/ ˈlʊər ɪd /
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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.

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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

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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
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