Definition of "lurid" []

  • Causing shock or horror; gruesome. (adjective)
  • Marked by sensationalism: a lurid account of the crime. See Synonyms at ghastly. (adjective)
  • Glowing or shining with the glare of fire through a haze: lurid flames. (adjective)
  • Sallow or pallid in color. (adjective)
  • Vivid in shocking detail; sensational (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Horrible in savagery or violence (adjective)
  • Pallid in colour; wan (adjective)
  • Glowing with an unnatural glare (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lurid" in a sentence
  • "On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvothe man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimesis also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers 'home."
  • "If pop really did eat itself some 20-odd years ago, then recent months have seen it spew up the contents of its stomach in lurid fashion."
  • "The plays I had been in, with my parts underlined in lurid orange."