The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, by G.K. Chesterton—A nightmare all right: lurid, screwball, and grotesque.
When my house got broken into, my political convictions were instantly replaced with lurid revenge fantasies.
But as the lurid emails between guilty Barclays traders showed, LIBOR-fixing is very simple.
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.