• (RP) IPA: /ˈl(j)ʊə.ɹɪd/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈlʊɹɪd/, /ˈlɔɹɪd/


  1. Shocking, horrifying.
    The accident was described with lurid detail.
  2. Melodramatic.
  3. Ghastly, pale, wan in appearance.
    • 1727, James Thomson (poet, born 1700), Britannia, 1850, James Nichols (editor and printer), The Poetical Works of James Thomson, ['er%20their%20beauty%20blazed%22&f=false page 151],
      Fierce o'er their beauty blazed the lurid flame;
    • 1855, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Maud, [first published in Maud, and Other Poems], 1980 [Pearson Education], Bernard Richards (editor), English Verse 1830—1890, Republished 2014, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), page 167 ↗,
      Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke / On the misty river tide.
    • 1913, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, 2004, The Martian Tales Trilogy, Barnes & Noble, [,+and+then+with+a+rush+they+broke+past+us+with+low+growls,+swarming+across+the+gardens+beneath+the+lurid+light%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZgf-Q6ozaAhXLerwKHSOeDVcQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=%22The%20great%20banths%20sniffed%20the%20unfamiliar%20odours%2C%20and%20then%20with%20a%20rush%20they%20broke%20past%20us%20with%20low%20growls%2C%20swarming%20across%20the%20gardens%20beneath%20the%20lurid%20light%22&f=false page 266],
      The great banths sniffed the unfamiliar odours, and then with a rush they broke past us with low growls, swarming across the gardens beneath the lurid light of the nearer moon.
  4. Being of a light yellow hue.
    Some paperback novels have lurid covers.
    The lurid lighting of the bar made for a very hazy atmosphere.
  5. (botany) Having a brown colour tinged with red, as of flame seen through smoke.
  6. (zoology) Having a colour tinged with purple, yellow, and grey.
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