- 1Unpleasantly bright in colour, especially so as to create a harsh or unnatural effect: lurid food colourings a pair of lurid shortsMore example sentences
- These effects are sometimes too lurid to be pleasant.
- These prints are evenly saturated with color and a bright, almost lurid light of a consistent value.
- She will however, still be perched behind a glass of lurid colour, only this time it will be decorated with umbrella, sparkler and assorted fruitery.
- 1.1Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms: the more lurid details of the massacre were too frightening for the childrenMore example sentences
sensational, sensationalist, melodramatic, exaggerated, overdramatized, extravagant, colourful, trashy, rubbishy, cheap, pulp, tasteless, kitschy; salacious, graphic, explicit, unrestrained, prurient, ribald, suggestive, shocking, startling, dirty, filthy; gruesome, gory, grisly, macabre, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, ghastly, morbid, unearthly, grotesque, hideous, horrifying, appalling
- Playing at or discussing sex - even in graphic lurid detail - isn't really anything to freak out about.
- Newspapers also report, in lurid and graphic detail, cases of abuse that these women experience.
- Within an hour of hearing this news I was assailed by the first of countless journalists and by next morning my son's death was in every paper in the most lurid of terms.
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- The female characters are luridly described as, ‘a large woman, her legs were as thick as tree trunks… She had a small waist and large booty which switched from side to side with each step she took.’
- The fatal truck has ‘Jesus Saves’ painted luridly along the side; earlier, the driver, Jack, had confidently talked of Jesus picking out that truck just for him, because God has a detailed plan for us all.
- No matter how toe - curlingly awful the King's TV and pop music references become, they simply cannot compete with the luridly unforgettable image of Janette in 80s Madonna-style basque and suspenders.
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- In any case, superficially Sirk's work has a pokerfaced luridness that has all but disappeared from our movies.
- Without soap-opera luridness or movie product-placement, it takes the listener a while to adjust to their low-impact pleasures.
- No wonder we rarely saw our Uncle Donald - and who wants the weird luridness that The Gay Uncle seems to come built-in with in our family?
mid 17th century (in the sense 'pale and dismal in colour'): from Latin luridus; related to luror 'wan or yellow colour'.