Meaning of lurid

lu•rid

Pronunciation: (loor'id), [key]
— adj.
  1. gruesome; horrible; revolting: the lurid details of an accident.
  2. glaringly vivid or sensational; shocking: the lurid tales of pulp magazines.
  3. terrible in intensity, fierce passion, or unrestraint: lurid crimes.
  4. lighted or shining with an unnatural, fiery glow; wildly or garishly red: a lurid sunset.
  5. wan, pallid, or ghastly in hue; livid.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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