Definition of lurid in English:

lurid

adjective

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

    ‘lurid food colourings’
    ‘a pair of lurid shorts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It conjurs up images of spangly cheapness, itchy Christmas party dresses in lurid colours, and hangover discomfort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These prints are evenly saturated with color and a bright, almost lurid light of a consistent value.’
    • ‘The trumpets continue to sound as the matadors shadow-practice with lurid pink and yellow capes.’
    • ‘She was still delighted by the lurid colour of the vegetable.’
    • ‘And gameplay is almost as irritating as the soundtrack and lurid colours.’
    • ‘Hank accepted a pack of lurid pink candy, figuring that Chase might like it, if his mama didn't mind.’
    • ‘These effects are sometimes too lurid to be pleasant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A ‘lady boy’ in a particularly lurid shade of pink lipstick sold me some ceramic Buddha beads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hues are vivid and occasionally lurid: electric blues and yellows, intense magentas and reds.’
    • ‘I wore green nail polish and lurid green stockings to complete the effect.’
    • ‘The accompanying picture, in lurid colours, showed a robotic device grappling with a red blood cell.’
    • ‘The lurid colour represents the anger of violent passion.’
    • ‘Given the lurid colour of road safety cameras, they are hardly a stealth tax!’
    • ‘He'd made it brighter by painting all the walls in lurid yellow emulsion.’
    brightly coloured, bright, over-bright, brilliant, glaring, fluorescent, flaming, dazzling, vivid, intense
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    1. 1.1 Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms.
      ‘the more lurid details of the massacre were too frightening for the children’
      • ‘Somebody was getting off on dirty talk and we heard every lurid detail.’
      • ‘Details of their sexual encounters, which she spelt out in lurid detail to the hungry English press, are being repeated worldwide.’
      • ‘Forget all the subsequent headlines that rival any Hollywood film star for lurid exposure and sensationalism.’
      • ‘It provided the basis of last week's lurid and sensational headlines.’
      • ‘Sexual deviance, of any kind, is a threat, and that threat must be recounted in lurid detail.’
      • ‘What you want to do is show those lurid effects of sex and blood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I will spare you the lurid details and let my description of the four tykes suffice.’
      • ‘Newspapers also report, in lurid and graphic detail, cases of abuse that these women experience.’
      • ‘And I'll be mightily amused if anyone goes searching through the archives for lurid details of my love life.’
      • ‘Dr. Ink grew up reading, and loving, the New York tabloids, so he has a taste for the lurid and sensational.’
      • ‘Playing at or discussing sex - even in graphic lurid detail - isn't really anything to freak out about.’
      • ‘By that point, however, the audience is accustomed to lurid details that toy with the established presentations of the play.’
      • ‘The lurid details of his love life and sexual habits are, for the most part, left out - which is really a downer.’
      • ‘We'll see in the end, although most readers will have guessed long before all the lurid and shabby details come out.’
      • ‘No: it's a city whose timbers are shivered relentlessly by awful warnings that vault between a grim present and a lurid future.’
      • ‘We've become the inquiring minds who demand to know every lurid detail, with no regard for the pain that might cause.’
      • ‘The lurid and sensational delivery by Rodriguez propels his movie forward into feeling anything but as recycled as it really is.’
      sensational, sensationalist, melodramatic, exaggerated, overdramatized, extravagant, colourful, trashy, rubbishy, cheap, pulp, tasteless, kitschy
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Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘pale and dismal in colour’): from Latin luridus; related to luror ‘wan or yellow colour’.

Pronunciation

lurid

/ˈl(j)ʊərɪd/