- 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 luridly
Like anything Parisian, there are knockoffs, and cheap ones at that: extruded bits of processed, salt-doped, luridly pink ham.Easter's Top Five Hams
March 30, 2010
Nor had he any choice but to listen to the luridly narrated facts.The Twins of Suffering Creek
All the plain was smoky or luridly lit; a vast Shield of Mars, with War in action.The Long Roll
Then into the sky leaped another ray, narrow, luridly green.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
"Do what you please," was in effect Winter's luridly adjectived answer.The Motor Pirate
George Sidney Paternoster
What if there was champagne in it after all, so Miss Mapp luridly conjectured!Miss Mapp
Edward Frederic Benson
- vivid in shocking detail; sensational
- horrible in savagery or violence
- pallid in colour; wan
- glowing with an unnatural glare
Word Origin and History for luridly
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.