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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)

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.

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."