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lurid

adjective

  1. (violent)  horrible in fierceness or savagery
    Similar to: violent
  2. (sensational)  glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
    Synonyms: shocking. Similar to: sensational
  3. (bright)  shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
    Similar to: bright
  4. (colorless)  ghastly pale
    Similar to: colorless

Etymology summary

Latin luridus "pale yellow, ghastly", of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Macabre | KAHB

the quality of having a grim or ghastly atmosphere. Macabre works emphasize the details and symbols of death. Authors such as H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe used macabre atmosphere in their works. This quality is not often found in ancient Greek... (43 of 962 words, pronunciations, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

lurid | sensational [synonym, sense-specific] | wan [synonym, sense-specific] | luridly [adverb, derived]

vivid in shocking detail; sensational | horrible in savagery or violence | pallid in colour; wan | glowing with an unnatural glare (19 of 435 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lurid

Merriam-Webster:

lurid | gruesome [synonym, sense-specific] | sensational [synonym, sense-specific] | melodramatic [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | appalling [synonym, sense-specific] | atrocious [synonym, sense-specific] | awful [synonym, sense-specific] | dreadful [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

causing horror or revulsion; "gruesome" ; "melodramatic", "sensational" ; also, "shocking" | wan and ghastly pale in appearance ; of any of several ... (22 of 226 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lurid

Oxford Dictionary:

lurid | luridly [derived] | luridness [derived]

unpleasantly bright in colour, especially so as to create a harsh or unnatural effect | presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms (21 of 93 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lurid

Random House Dictionary:

lurid

gruesome; horrible; revolting. | glaringly vivid or sensational; shocking. | terrible in intensity, fierce passion, or unrestraint. | lighted or ... (17 of 61 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/lurid

Macmillan British Dictionary:

lurid | luridly [adverb, related]

full of unpleasant or sexual details that are meant to shock or interest people | a lurid colour is very bright in an ugly way (24 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lurid

American Heritage Dictionary:

lurid | luridly [adverb, related] | luridness [noun, related]

Causing shock or horror; gruesome. | Marked by sensationalism | Glowing or shining with the glare of fire through a haze | Sallow or pallid in color. (24 of 50 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lurid

Wiktionary:

lurid | pot boiler [mildly insulting] | pot boilers [mildly insulting, plural] | potboiler [mildly insulting] | pot-boiler [mildly insulting] | potboilers [mildly insulting, plural] | Melodramatic [synonym, sense-specific]

Shocking, horrifying. | Melodramatic. | Ghastly, pale, wan in appearance. | Being of a light yellow hue. | [botany] Having a brown colour tinged with red, as of flame seen through smoke. | [zoology] Having a colour tinged with purple, yellow, and grey. (38 of 46 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lurid

Cambridge Dictionary:

lurid [entry 1, disapproving] | luridly [adverb, derived] | luridness [noun, derived]

(especially of a description) shocking because involving violence, sex or immoral activity (12 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lurid 1

lurid [entry 2, disapproving] | luridly [adverb, derived] | luridness [noun, derived]

too brightly coloured (3 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lurid 2

New World Dictionary:

lurid | luridly [adverb, related] | luridness [noun, related]

[rare] deathly pale; wan | glowing through a haze, as flames enveloped by smoke | vivid in a harsh or shocking way; startling; sensational ; ... (23 of 41 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lurid

Encarta Dictionary:

lurid

sensational and shocking, with graphic details of horror, devastation, or violence | of a sickeningly intense brightness or boldness of color | ... (20 of 65 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738925​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

lurid

First use: 1650s

Origin: Latin luridus "pale yellow, ghastly", of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Greek khloros. The figurative sense of "sensational" is ... (20 of 23 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=lurid

Oxford Dictionary:

lurid

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: (in the sense "pale and dismal in colour"): from Latin luridus; related to luror "wan or yellow colour"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lurid

Collins Dictionary:

lurid

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin lūridus pale yellow; probably related to lūtum a yellow vegetable dye

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lurid

Merriam-Webster:

lurid

First use: 1603

Origin: Latin luridus pale yellow, sallow

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lurid

American Heritage Dictionary:

lurid

Origin: Latin lūridus, pale, from lūror, paleness.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lurid

Wiktionary:

lurid

Origin: Latin lūridus ("pale yellow, wan")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lurid

New World Dictionary:

lurid

Origin: Latin luridus, pale yellow, ghastly

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lurid

Encarta Dictionary:

lurid

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin luridus "pale yellow, ghastly"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738925​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

lurid [entry 1, disapproving]

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

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