An example of something that would be described as lurid is the description of a grisly murder scene.
- Rare deathly pale; wan
- glowing through a haze, as flames enveloped by smoke
- vivid in a harsh or shocking way; startling; sensational
- characterized by violent passion or crime: a lurid tale
Origin of luridClassical Latin luridus, pale yellow, ghastly
- a. Characterized by vivid description or explicit details that are meant to provoke or shock: a lurid account of the crime.b. Characterized by shocking or outrageous behavior: a friend with a lurid past.
- a. Bright and intense in color; vivid: “the whole loud overbright town like the lurid midway of a carnival” ( Paul Theroux )b. Sallow or pallid: “She dropped back into the chair … A lurid pallor stole over her face” ( Wilkie Collins )
Origin of luridLatin lūridus pale from lūror paleness
(comparative more lurid, superlative most lurid)
- Shocking, horrifying.
- The accident was described with lurid detail.
- Ghastly, pale, wan in appearance.
- Being of a light yellow hue.
- Some paperback novels have lurid covers.
- The lurid lighting of the bar made for a very hazy atmosphere.
- (botany) Having a brown colour tinged with red, as of flame seen through smoke.
- (zoology) Having a colour tinged with purple, yellow, and grey.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin lÅ«ridus (“pale yellow, wan")