A Word A Day : Lurid

Wednesday, 26th March 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : loorid


1. sensational and shocking with graphic details of horror, devastation or violence

2. of a sickeningly intense brightness or boldness of color

3. glowing with an unnaturally vivid brightness

4. with a pale sickly complexion

5. sallow or pallid in color


Latin lûridus - pale - from lûror - paleness


shocking, explicit, sensational, vivid, juicy, loud, bright, garish, striking, gaudy, colorful, vivid, shocking

Lurid means horrible in fierceness or savagery or glaringly graphic.

Livid means very angry or furious.

Macabre means shockingly repellent or inspiring horror.

Bizarre means odd or unusual.

Grueling means characterized by physical effort to the point of exhaustion.

Gruesome means shockingly repellent and inspiring horror.


discreet, subtle, bland, dull, clean, humble, modest

Contextual Examples:

• This Newspaper has produced a lurid account of the crime.

• There was a lurid story about that section of town in the newspaper yesterday.

• For in his eyes I read some lurid woe would shrivel me up, had I it.

• At night the skies were all glowing with the reflection of unseen fires, hanging in an immense body of lurid light high above the horizon.

• Moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence.

Related Words:

luridly : Adverb

luridness : Noun

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