[ loor-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.

Nearby words

  1. lurdan,
  2. lure,
  3. lurex,
  4. lurgy,
  5. luria,
  6. luridly,
  7. lurie,
  8. luristan,
  9. lurk,
  10. lurker

Origin of lurid

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

Related formslu·rid·ly, adverblu·rid·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lurid


/ (ˈlʊərɪd, ˈljʊərɪd) /


vivid in shocking detail; sensational
horrible in savagery or violence
pallid in colour; wan
glowing with an unnatural glare
Derived Formsluridly, adverbluridness, noun

Word Origin for lurid

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

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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.

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