adjective Etymology: Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow Date: 1603 1. a. causing horror or revulsion ; gruesome b. melodramatic, sensational; also shocking <
paperbacks in the usual lurid covers — T. R. Fyvel
2. a. wan and ghastly pale in appearance b. of any of several light or medium grayish colors ranging in hue from yellow to orange 3. shining with the red glow of fire seen through smoke or cloud Synonyms: see ghastlyluridly adverbluridness noun

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  • Lurid — Lu rid, a. [L. luridus.] 1. Pale yellow; ghastly pale; wan; gloomy; dismal. [1913 Webster] Fierce o er their beauty blazed the lurid flame. Thomson. [1913 Webster] Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke On the misty river tide. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lurid — [loor′id] adj. [L luridus, pale yellow, ghastly] 1. Rare deathly pale; wan 2. glowing through a haze, as flames enveloped by smoke 3. a) vivid in a harsh or shocking way; startling; sensational b) characterized by violent passion or crime [a… …   English World dictionary

  • lurid — I adjective appalling, caliginosus, coarse, disgusting, exaggerated, extreme, fulsome, ghastly, glaringly vivid, graphic, gross, gruesome, harsh, horrible, horrifying, indelicate, luridus, obscurus, offensive, overwhelming, racy, repulsive,… …   Law dictionary

  • lurid — lúrid ( dă), adj. – Întunecos, mohorît. it. lurido. Italienism folosit numai de D. Zamfirescu. Trimis de blaurb, 13.03.2008. Sursa: DER …   Dicționar Român

  • lurid — 1650s, pale, from L. luridus pale yellow, ghastly, of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Gk. khloros (see CHLOE (Cf. Chloe)). Meaning glowing in the darkness is from 1727. The figurative sense of sensational is first attested 1850. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lurid — *ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, grim Analogous words: livid, *pale, pallid, wan, ashy, ashen: *sinister, malign, baleful, malefic, maleficent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lurid — [adj] shocking, gruesome ashen, bloody, deep, disgusting, distinct, exaggerated, extreme, fiery, ghastly, gory*, graphic, grim, grisly, hideous, horrible, horrid, horrifying, livid, low down, macabre, melodramatic, obscene, off color*, offensive …   New thesaurus

  • lurid — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unpleasantly vivid in colour. 2) (of a description) shocking or sensational. DERIVATIVES luridly adverb luridness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «pale and dismal»: from Latin luridus, related to luror wan or yellow colour …   English terms dictionary

  • lurid — adj. 1 vivid or glowing in colour (lurid orange). 2 of an unnatural glare (lurid nocturnal brilliance). 3 sensational, horrifying, or terrible (lurid details). 4 showy, gaudy (paperbacks with lurid covers). 5 ghastly, wan (lurid complexion). 6… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lurid — lu|rid [ˈluərıd, ˈljuərıd US ˈlurıd] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: luridus pale yellow , from luror pale yellow color ] 1.) a description, story etc that is lurid is deliberately shocking and involves sex or violence = ↑explicit ▪ lurid… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lurid — [[t]ljʊ͟ərɪd, AM l ʊrɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you say that something is lurid, you are critical of it because it involves a lot of violence, sex, or shocking detail. ...lurid accounts of Claire s sexual exploits... Some… …   English dictionary

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