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lurid

[loo r-id] /ˈlʊər ɪd/
adjective
1.
gruesome; horrible; revolting:
the lurid details of an accident.
2.
glaringly vivid or sensational; shocking:
the lurid tales of pulp magazines.
3.
terrible in intensity, fierce passion, or unrestraint:
lurid crimes.
4.
lighted or shining with an unnatural, fiery glow; wildly or garishly red:
a lurid sunset.
5.
wan, pallid, or ghastly in hue; livid.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin lūridus sallow, ghastly
Related forms
luridly, adverb
luridness, noun
Synonyms
5. dismal, pale, murky.
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British Dictionary definitions for luridly

lurid

/ˈlʊərɪd; ˈljʊərɪd/
adjective
1.
vivid in shocking detail; sensational
2.
horrible in savagery or violence
3.
pallid in colour; wan
4.
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 luridly

lurid

adj.

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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