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’
    • ‘Given the lurid colour of road safety cameras, they are hardly a stealth tax!’
    • ‘I wore green nail polish and lurid green stockings to complete the effect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trumpets continue to sound as the matadors shadow-practice with lurid pink and yellow capes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A ‘lady boy’ in a particularly lurid shade of pink lipstick sold me some ceramic Buddha beads.’
    • ‘The poster with its lurid colours and slight diagonal people positioning pretty much sums up the movie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was still delighted by the lurid colour of the vegetable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He'd made it brighter by painting all the walls in lurid yellow emulsion.’
    • ‘The lurid colour represents the anger of violent passion.’
    • ‘The accompanying picture, in lurid colours, showed a robotic device grappling with a red blood cell.’
    • ‘These prints are evenly saturated with color and a bright, almost lurid light of a consistent value.’
    • ‘These effects are sometimes too lurid to be pleasant.’
    • ‘Hues are vivid and occasionally lurid: electric blues and yellows, intense magentas and reds.’
    • ‘Hank accepted a pack of lurid pink candy, figuring that Chase might like it, if his mama didn't mind.’
    • ‘And gameplay is almost as irritating as the soundtrack and lurid colours.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘It provided the basis of last week's lurid and sensational headlines.’
      • ‘And I'll be mightily amused if anyone goes searching through the archives for lurid details of my love life.’
      • ‘We'll see in the end, although most readers will have guessed long before all the lurid and shabby details come out.’
      • ‘Playing at or discussing sex - even in graphic lurid detail - isn't really anything to freak out about.’
      • ‘I will spare you the lurid details and let my description of the four tykes suffice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Newspapers also report, in lurid and graphic detail, cases of abuse that these women experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lurid and sensational delivery by Rodriguez propels his movie forward into feeling anything but as recycled as it really is.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We've become the inquiring minds who demand to know every lurid detail, with no regard for the pain that might cause.’
      • ‘No: it's a city whose timbers are shivered relentlessly by awful warnings that vault between a grim present and a lurid future.’
      • ‘Sexual deviance, of any kind, is a threat, and that threat must be recounted in 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.’
      • ‘By that point, however, the audience is accustomed to lurid details that toy with the established presentations of the play.’
      • ‘Forget all the subsequent headlines that rival any Hollywood film star for lurid exposure and sensationalism.’
      • ‘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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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/