Definition of Lurid

1. Adjective. Horrible in fierceness or savagery. "A lurid life"

Similar to: Violent
Derivative terms: Luridness



2. Adjective. Glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism. "Lurid details of the accident"
Exact synonyms: Shocking
Similar to: Sensational
Derivative terms: Luridness, Luridness

3. Adjective. Shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke. "Lurid flames"
Similar to: Bright
Derivative terms: Luridness

4. Adjective. Ghastly pale. "Moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence"
Similar to: Colorless, Colourless
Derivative terms: Luridness

Definition of Lurid

1. a. Pale yellow; ghastly pale; wan; gloomy; dismal.

Definition of Lurid

1. Adjective. Shocking, horrifying. ¹

2. Adjective. Melodramatic. ¹

3. Adjective. Ghastly, pale, wan in appearance. ¹

4. Adjective. Being of a light yellow hue. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lurid

1. causing shock or horror [adj] : LURIDLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Lurid

1. 1. Pale yellow; ghastly pale; wan; gloomy; dismal. "Fierce o'er their beauty blazed the lurid flame." (Thomson) "Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke On the misty river tide." (Tennyson) 2. Having a brown colour tonged with red, as of flame seen through smoke. 3. Of a colour tinged with purple, yellow, and gray. Origin: L. Luridus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lurid

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Literary usage of Lurid

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1. The Civil War in Song and Story, 1860-1865 by Frank Moore (1889)
"Every few moments the lightning blazed around us with a lurid sheen, as we went like the wind through the tempestuous night. I paused, and felt that the ..."

2. The Beginnings of Modern Europe (1250-1450) by Ephraim Emerton (1917)
"Dante did not hesitate to place popes in his lurid hell for no fault but that they had perverted their office into a worldly monarchy. ..."

3. Poetical Quotations from Chaucer to Tennyson: With Copious Indexes by Samuel Austin Allibone (1875)
"... horse lie weltering in their gore ; Patriots are dead, and heroes dare no more ; While solemnly the moonlight shrouds the plain, And lights the lurid ..."

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