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Borrowed from Latin lūridus (pale yellow, wan).



lurid (comparative more lurid, superlative most lurid)

  1. Shocking, horrifying.
    The accident was described with lurid detail.
  2. Melodramatic.
  3. Ghastly, pale, wan in appearance.
    • Thomson
      Fierce o'er their beauty blazed the lurid flame.
    • Tennyson
      Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke / On the misty river tide.
  4. Being of a light yellow hue.
    Some paperback novels have lurid covers.
    The lurid lighting of the bar made for a very hazy atmosphere.
  5. (botany) Having a brown colour tinged with red, as of flame seen through smoke.
  6. (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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lurid in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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