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lurid (sensational)

Definition:

glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

luridness

Derivative:

luridly

Comparative:

more lurid

Superlative:

most lurid

Similar to:

sensational

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

lurid details of the accident

Synonyms:

shocking

Etymology:

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

All senses of lurid...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

shocking | shock | shocking pink [sense-specific] | jar [synonym, sense-specific] | shockingly [adverb, derived] | shockable [adjective, derived]

causing shock, horror, or disgust | See "shocking pink" | [informal] very bad or terrible | to experience or cause to experience extreme horror, ... (21 of 739 words, 13 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Wikipedia:

Shocking
(Born: 2005 racehorse)

an Australian bred Thoroughbred racehorse, trained by Mark Kavanagh, who won the 149th Melbourne Cup on 3 November 2009 by three-quarters of a length. Shocking is by the outstanding sire, Street Cry out of Maria Di Castaglia by Danehill. George Fraser ... (41 of 453 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Shocking

Merriam-Webster:

shocking | amazing [synonym] | astonishing [synonym] | astounding [synonym] | blindsiding [synonym] | dumbfounding [synonym] | eye-opening [synonym] | flabbergasting [synonym] | jarring [synonym] | ...

extremely startling, distressing, or offensive (5 of 148 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

shocking | shockingly [adverb, related]

something that is shocking makes you feel extremely surprised or upset ; used about something immoral that offends or embarrasses you | [British, ... (22 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

shocking | offensive [synonym, sense-specific] | shockingly [derived] | shockingness [derived]

causing indignation or disgust; offensive | causing a feeling of surprise and dismay | [British, informal] : very bad (17 of 56 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shocking

Cambridge Dictionary:

shocking [entry 1]

offensive, upsetting or immoral (4 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

shocking [entry 2, British, informal] | shockingly [adverb, British, informal, derived]

extremely bad or unpleasant, or of very low quality (9 of 31 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

shocking [entry 3] | shockingly [adverb, British, informal, derived]

extremely surprising (2 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shocking 3

New World Dictionary:

shocking | shockingly [adverb, related]

having an effect like that of a heavy blow or shock; staggering | highly offensive to good taste, propriety, etc.; extremely revolting ; very bad (24 of 33 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shocking

American Heritage Dictionary:

shocking | shockingly [adverb, related]

Highly disturbing emotionally. | Highly offensive; indecent or distasteful. | Very vivid or intense in tone (14 of 21 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shocking

Wiktionary:

shocking | surprising [synonym, sense-specific] | startling [synonym, sense-specific]

Inspiring shock; startling | Unusually obscene or lewd | [informal] Extremely bad | Present participle of shock. (14 of 20 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/shocking

Random House Dictionary:

shocking

causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc. | very bad. (8 of 17 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/shocking

Encarta Dictionary:

shocking

emotionally distressing or horrifying | provoking a deeply offended or outraged response | very bad or unpleasant (informal) | very bright or glaring ... (20 of 51 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735408​/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]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

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Collins Dictionary:

lurid

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

lurid

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

lurid

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Cambridge Dictionary:

lurid [entry 1, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "lurid"

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the Free Dictionary:

lurid

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Google Dictionary:

lurid

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

lurid

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YourDictionary Audio:

lurid

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freedictionary.org:

lurid

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