Definition of lurid in English:



  • 1Unpleasantly bright in colour, especially so as to create a harsh or unnatural effect.

    ‘lurid food colourings’
    ‘a pair of lurid shorts’
    • ‘A ‘lady boy’ in a particularly lurid shade of pink lipstick sold me some ceramic Buddha beads.’
    • ‘And gameplay is almost as irritating as the soundtrack and lurid colours.’
    • ‘She will however, still be perched behind a glass of lurid colour, only this time it will be decorated with umbrella, sparkler and assorted fruitery.’
    • ‘He'd made it brighter by painting all the walls in lurid yellow emulsion.’
    • ‘These prints are evenly saturated with color and a bright, almost lurid light of a consistent value.’
    • ‘The accompanying picture, in lurid colours, showed a robotic device grappling with a red blood cell.’
    • ‘The look and feel of the sets and lighting are designed to suggest the lurid splashes of colour and active space that typify the conventional comic book.’
    • ‘It conjurs up images of spangly cheapness, itchy Christmas party dresses in lurid colours, and hangover discomfort.’
    • ‘The main roads remind me of the roads on the outskirts of huge cities in the USA, with their seemingly endless miles of fast food joints and lurid neon signs.’
    • ‘The poster with its lurid colours and slight diagonal people positioning pretty much sums up the movie.’
    • ‘Climbing to the surface, the ad explodes in a fantasia of lurid colour, like a milkshake made from a pair of Jimi Hendrix's trousers.’
    • ‘Given the lurid colour of road safety cameras, they are hardly a stealth tax!’
    • ‘When they emerge, in the form of mushrooms, they come in such weird shapes and lurid colours that you want to kick them, not pick them.’
    • ‘These effects are sometimes too lurid to be pleasant.’
    • ‘She was still delighted by the lurid colour of the vegetable.’
    • ‘Hues are vivid and occasionally lurid: electric blues and yellows, intense magentas and reds.’
    • ‘The lurid colour represents the anger of violent passion.’
    • ‘I wore green nail polish and lurid green stockings to complete the effect.’
    • ‘Hank accepted a pack of lurid pink candy, figuring that Chase might like it, if his mama didn't mind.’
    • ‘The trumpets continue to sound as the matadors shadow-practice with lurid pink and yellow capes.’
    brightly coloured, bright, over-bright, brilliant, glaring, fluorescent, flaming, dazzling, vivid, intense
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    1. 1.1Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms.
      ‘the more lurid details of the massacre were too frightening for the children’
      • ‘No: it's a city whose timbers are shivered relentlessly by awful warnings that vault between a grim present and a lurid future.’
      • ‘Within an hour of hearing this news I was assailed by the first of countless journalists and by next morning my son's death was in every paper in the most lurid of terms.’
      • ‘And I'll be mightily amused if anyone goes searching through the archives for lurid details of my love life.’
      • ‘I will spare you the lurid details and let my description of the four tykes suffice.’
      • ‘The lurid and sensational delivery by Rodriguez propels his movie forward into feeling anything but as recycled as it really is.’
      • ‘We've become the inquiring minds who demand to know every lurid detail, with no regard for the pain that might cause.’
      • ‘By that point, however, the audience is accustomed to lurid details that toy with the established presentations of the play.’
      • ‘At the time, the national press and television was full of the lurid details of a trial of a young Canadian teacher accused of having sex with pupils.’
      • ‘We'll see in the end, although most readers will have guessed long before all the lurid and shabby details come out.’
      • ‘It provided the basis of last week's lurid and sensational headlines.’
      • ‘Newspapers also report, in lurid and graphic detail, cases of abuse that these women experience.’
      • ‘Forget all the subsequent headlines that rival any Hollywood film star for lurid exposure and sensationalism.’
      • ‘Sexual deviance, of any kind, is a threat, and that threat must be recounted in lurid detail.’
      • ‘Details of their sexual encounters, which she spelt out in lurid detail to the hungry English press, are being repeated worldwide.’
      • ‘Somebody was getting off on dirty talk and we heard every lurid detail.’
      • ‘The lurid details of his love life and sexual habits are, for the most part, left out - which is really a downer.’
      • ‘What you want to do is show those lurid effects of sex and blood.’
      • ‘Playing at or discussing sex - even in graphic lurid detail - isn't really anything to freak out about.’
      • ‘Dr. Ink grew up reading, and loving, the New York tabloids, so he has a taste for the lurid and sensational.’
      sensational, sensationalist, melodramatic, exaggerated, overdramatized, extravagant, colourful, trashy, rubbishy, cheap, pulp, tasteless, kitschy
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘pale and dismal in colour’): from Latin luridus; related to luror wan or yellow colour.