• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lurid shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke "a lurid sunset","lurid flames"
    • adj lurid ghastly pale "moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence"
    • adj lurid glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism "lurid details of the accident"
    • adj lurid horrible in fierceness or savagery "lurid crimes","a lurid life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lurid (Bot) Having a brown color tinged with red, as of flame seen through smoke.
    • Lurid (Zoöl) Of a color tinged with purple, yellow, and gray.
    • Lurid Pale yellow; ghastly pale; wan; gloomy; dismal. "Fierce o'er their beauty blazed the lurid flame.""Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke
      On the misty river tide."
    • Lurid Vivid, sensational, or shocking; graphic or melodramatic; as, the lurid details of a murder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lurid Pale; wan; ghastly; of the color or appearance of dull smoky flames; having the character of a light which does not show the colors of objects.
    • lurid Lighted up with a ghastly glare; combining light and gloom.
    • lurid In botany and zoology, having a dirty-brown color; slightly clouded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lurid lū′rid ghastly pale, wan: ghastly and sensational: gloomy
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. luridus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. luridus.


In literature:

But with her there was only a lurid light which is more awful than darkness.
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
Then a quarter of the leaden space was filled with their gigantic bodies, and the lurid air was darker.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
The result is not a mere dead catalogue: it is a palpitating image of lurid truth.
"Landmarks in French Literature" by G. Lytton Strachey
They are called lurid.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
The reflection of the fire in the distance still threw a lurid glare over the extended heath.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
When he awoke at one o'clock he gave me lurid accounts of what he said was history, but which was obviously collective hysteria.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
The adjectives, very lurid ones, took some time.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
Unless the night is very foggy you will have gone to sleep with the lurid light of Kilauea in your eyes.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
But my mental career has been lurid with experiences such as kill and damn.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
Behind it, all copper-green, a broad, lurid band swept up toward the zenith.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
At camp a blazing fire gave its lurid light.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Before they reached the open the trees in front of them were lit up by the lurid light of a fire.
"In the Clutch of the War-God" by Milo Hastings
As she lifted her goddess out, with her silken wrappings, the first flash of the nearing storm lit up the dark room with lurid flame.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
The great change is heralded as before by oppressive calms, lurid skies, vivid lightning, bursts of thunder, and tumultuous rain.
"Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)" by James Emerson Tennent
India is India, and she can be very lurid upon occasion.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
If only some lurid shaft of lightning would pierce the gloom!
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
Infanticide throws a rather lurid light on Japanese affection.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
The day had not dawned yet, but the reflected light from the burning buildings cast a lurid illumination on the wide Place.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
How can one see beauty in a lurid bowl and shade of red glass!
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
In the east, low and lurid, a tawny moon crept up the livid sky.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley

In poetry:

The sky flames high with lurid light:
The darkness reigns on earth no more,
The twilight mystery fades before
The radiance of the city night.
"Songs Of The City" by Cicely Fox Smith
Deep, dark and wild the waters roll'd,
And fast across the lurid sky
The black clouds pass'd, as if to hide
The lights of heav'n from human eye.
"The Tempest Stilled" by Thomas Frederick Young
Within a fisher's hut all night,
And leaving by the early light
Of bleak December's lurid morn,
Leeona passes into sight,
Cast down and faint, and travel-worn.
"The Runaway" by Albery Allson Whitman
Dream-like these years of conflict, not a dream!
Death, ruin, ashes tell the awful tale,
Read by the flaming war-track's lurid gleam
No dream, but truth that turns the nations pale.
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"O, Alfred!—coward tears! why dim my sight,
Where dire revenge should glare with lurid light?
O, Alfred! let thine ear my wrongs receive,
Pity that wretch even Mercy can't forgive.
"Alfred. Book V." by Henry James Pye
Therefore on fearful dreams her inward sight
Is fain to dwell -
What lurid light
Shall the last darkness of the world dispel,
The Mediator in His wrath
Descending down the lightning's path.
"Fifth Sunday After Easter - Rogation Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

Lurid bayou drama goes way over the top.
Photos Reveal Your Home's Energy Loss In Lurid Color.
Details in media too lurid .
Why is it that our media — radio, television and newspapers — feel that it is necessary to describe every lurid detail of a crime.
John Travolta scandal weaves from lurid to 'Let's revisit that'.
Edwards' defense gets tough with ex-aide after days of lurid testimony.
Reporting on Sex (and Producing a Lurid Headline).
Lurid late night movies.
This tale of a former musical prodigy and her controlling mother provides a lurid study in sexual pathology, as well as a tour-de-force role for Isabelle Huppert.
A popular section of Hudson River Park, near to where a young woman was raped just over a week ago, has become a randy red-light district teeming with transvestites, johns and lurid early-hours sex.
'Killer Joe' lurid, loud and violent.
The documents indicate the principal knew lurid details, but police say she failed to report the teacher.
Judging by its lurid Chip Kidd cover, someone in marketing got carried away.
Manhattan madam Anna Gristina was sentenced in state Supreme Court to time served on Tuesday, bringing a quiet end to a case that had generated lurid headlines in the New York media.
(MILLENNIUM) Nicole Kidman is not to be messed with in the lurid melodrama "The Paperboy ".