AskDefine | Define lurid

Dictionary Definition

lurid adj
1 horrible in fierceness or savagery; "lurid crimes"; "a lurid life"
2 glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism; "lurid details of the accident" [syn: shocking]
3 shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke; "a lurid sunset"; "lurid flames"
4 ghastly pale; "moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence"

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English

Etymology

From luridus

Pronunciation

  • /ˈlʊrɪd/

Adjective

  1. Ghastly, pale, wan in appearance.
  2. Being of a light yellow hue.
  3. Shocking, horrifying.
  4. Melodramatic.
    Some paperback novels have lurid covers.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Barnumesque, Fescennine, Gongoresque, Johnsonian, Rabelaisian, Titian, Titian-red, achromatic, achromic, affected, aglow, anemic, appalling, ashen, ashy, awful, baleful, bawdy, bedizened, beige, big-sounding, blanched, blatant, bled white, blinding, bloodless, blue, brazen, brazenfaced, bricky, brown, brownish, brownish-yellow, brunet, burning, cadaverous, cardinal, carmine, carnation, carnelian, cerise, cherry, cherry-colored, cherry-red, chloranemic, chocolate, cinnamon, cloak-and-dagger, cocoa, cocoa-brown, coffee, coffee-brown, colorful, colorless, convoluted, corpselike, crimson, crude, damask, dead, deadly, deadly pale, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, declamatory, dim, dimmed, dingy, dirty, discolored, disgusting, doughy, drab, dull, dun, dun-brown, dun-drab, ecru, eerie, elevated, etiolated, euphuistic, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, extravagant, faded, faint, fallow, fawn, fawn-colored, ferruginous, fiery, filthy, fire-red, flagrant, flamboyant, flame-colored, flame-red, flaming, flaring, flashy, flat, flaunting, foul, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken, foul-tongued, frightful, fulsome, fuscous, garish, gaudy, ghastly, ghostlike, ghostly, glaring, glowering, glowing, gorgeous, gory, grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, graphic, gray, grege, grim, grisly, gruesome, gules, haggard, hazel, hideous, high-flowing, high-flown, high-flying, high-sounding, highfalutin, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrifying, hot, hueless, hypochromic, impure, incarmined, inflamed, infrared, inkhorn, iron-red, ithyphallic, khaki, labyrinthine, lackluster, lake-colored, laky, lateritious, leaden, lewd, lexiphanic, livid, lobster-red, lofty, loud, lusterless, macabre, magniloquent, malefic, maroon, mat, mealy, melodramatic, meretricious, mortuary, muddy, nasty, neutral, nut-brown, obscene, obtrusive, offensive, olive-brown, olive-drab, orotund, ostentatious, overbright, overdone, overelaborate, overinvolved, overwrought, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, pedantic, pompous, pornographic, port-wine, pretentious, puce, raunchy, raw, red, red-dyed, red-looking, reddened, reddish, reddish-amber, reddish-brown, revolting, rhetorical, ribald, rubicund, rubiginous, rubric, rubricose, ruby, ruby-colored, ruby-red, ruddied, ruddy, rufescent, rufous, rust, rust-red, rusty, salacious, sallow, scarlet, screaming, scurrile, scurrilous, seal, seal-brown, sensational, sensationalistic, sententious, sepia, shameless, shocking, showy, shrieking, sickly, sinister, smoking-room, smutty, snuff-colored, sonorous, sorrel, spectacular, spine-chilling, stammel, startling, stilted, sultry, tabloid, tall, tallow-faced, tan, taupe, tawdry, tawny, terrible, terrifying, tile-red, toast, toast-brown, toneless, tortuous, umber, umber-colored, uncanny, unchaste, unclean, uncolored, unearthly, unprintable, unrepeatable, vermilion, vile, vinaceous, vivid, vulgar, walnut, walnut-brown, wan, warm, washed-out, waxen, weak, weird, whey-faced, white, wine, wine-colored, wine-red, yellow, yellowish-brown
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