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a. Characterized by vivid description or explicit details that are meant to provoke or shock: a lurid account of the crime.
b. Characterized by shocking or outrageous behavior: a friend with a lurid past.
a. Bright and intense in color; vivid: "the whole loud overbright town like the lurid midway of a carnival" (Paul Theroux).
b. Sallow or pallid: "She dropped back into the chair ... A lurid pallor stole over her face" (Wilkie Collins).

[Latin lūridus, pale, from lūror, paleness.]

lu′rid·ly adv.
lu′rid·ness n.
Word History: It may seem surprising that English lurid, which sometimes means "vivid," comes from Latin lūridus, "pale, sallow, sickly yellow," used to describe the color of things like skin or teeth. Latin lūridus could also describe horrifying or ghastly things like poisonous herbs or even death itself—things that make a person turn pale. In an account of the volcanic eruption that buried the city of Pompeii, the Roman writer Pliny the Younger used lūridus to describe the unsettling color of the sun shining through a cloud of ash. When lurid first appeared in English in the mid-1600s, it described things that are pale in a sickly or disturbing way. Lurid was also used of gray, overcast skies. In the 1700s, writers began to use lurid to describe the red glow of fire blazing dimly within smoke. In the 1800s, the word acquired an additional meaning, the one it most commonly has today when we reveal the lurid details of a horrifying or sensationalistic story.
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Adv.1.luridly - in a lurid manner; "it was luridly described in the book as the place where mystics took refuge"
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[ˈljʊərɪdlɪ] ADV
1. (= pruriently) → con morbosidad, morbosamente
2. (= garishly) luridly coloured(de color) chillón
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colouredgrell, knallig (inf); the sky glowed luridlyder Himmel leuchtete in grellen Farben; he sat down on the luridly-coloured (Brit) or luridly-colored (US) setteeer setzte sich auf das knallige Sofa (inf)
(fig)reißerisch; reportreißerisch, sensationslüstern; luridly written/presentedreißerisch aufgemacht; … his luridly reported private life… sein Privatleben, über das reißerisch berichtet wird; Reggie swore briefly and luridlyReggie fluchte kurz und derb
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(ˈluərid) adjective
1. (too) brightly coloured or vivid. a lurid dress/painting/sky.
2. unpleasantly shocking. the lurid details of his accident.
ˈluridly adverb
ˈluridness noun
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References in classic literature ?
He swore luridly, for he felt that it was degradation for one who aimed to be some vague soldier, or a man of blood with a sort of sublime license, to be taken home by a father.
But Pip loved life, and all life's peaceable securities; so that the panic-striking business in which he had somehow unaccountably become entrapped, had most sadly blurred his brightness; though, as ere long will be seen, what was thus temporarily subdued in him, in the end was destined to be luridly illumined by strange wild fires, that fictitiously showed him off to ten times the natural lustre with which in his native Tolland County in Connecticut, he had once enlivened many a fiddler's frolic on the green; and at melodious even-tide, with his gay ha-ha!
The background of nearly all was the sky by night, the dark night of the soul, with wild clouds swept by strange winds of hell and lit luridly by an uneasy moon.
She turned a coppery hue, then that portion of her surface which was unobscured as yet grew grey and ashen, and at length, as totality approached, her mountains and her plains were to be seen glowing luridly through a crimson gloom.
"Tyke me awy from this orful plice." Brady, recovered from the first shock, swore loud and luridly. He called upon all the saints to witness that he was unafraid and that anybody with half an eye could have seen that the creature was nothing more than "one av thim flyin' alligators" that they all were familiar with.
Thus they could occupy the terrace in the most luxurious style of all, being ranged along the inner side of the table, with no one opposite, commanding an uninterrupted view of the garden, the colours of which were still vivid, though evening was closing in somewhat luridly for the time of year.
"What are the luridly smoky lucubrations of that fellow to the clear grasp of my intellect?" he thought.
(He "did not admit," for instance, "that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia " by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race, has come in and taken its place.") He fantasised luridly of having Mahatma Gandhi tied to the ground and trampled upon by elephants.
Sharply told from three perspectives - this is a luridly enjoyable thriller.
Sharply told from the perspective of three characters, this is a luridly enjoyable thriller you'll race through.
The cruise line's tall ships are perfect for reenacting the Money, Money, Money number from the film, which was shot onboard a sailing yacht, or simply drink in the luridly gorgeous Greek Isles, which played prominently on screen.
Tester says: "I'm brunette and used the (very luridly coloured) blue Toning Shampoo, PS7.99, which visibly cooled the orange tones in my lightened ends.