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[loo r-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.
Origin of lurid
1650-60; < Latin lūridus sallow, ghastly
Related forms
luridly, adverb
luridness, noun
5. dismal, pale, murky. Unabridged
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  • Some of these diseases, in addition to their horrific manifestations, also have lurid origin stories.
  • As the trial grew more lurid, residents who were not called to testify in court chose to mostly ignore the proceedings.
  • Behind them the sun was setting and kindled the overcast heavens with lurid splendor.
  • Papers carried lurid pieces describing the havoc it wreaked.
  • But the coverage quickly took on a lurid and hysterical cast, and became all but inescapable.
  • In the wrong hands, such a story could be lurid, gory pulp.
  • The meat is striking, a lurid scarlet, even when cooked to medium.
  • Indeed, the public's interest in the trial was driven by more than lurid fascination with the grisly details of the case.
  • They see in panels, talk in balloons, and feel in lurid colors.
  • But lightning flashes do give you brief, lurid glimpses of your immediate neighborhood.
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 Forms
luridly, adverb
luridness, noun
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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