lurid lurid  /ˈlʊ rəd/


  1. (adj) horrible in fierceness or savagery
  2. (adj) glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
  3. (adj) shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
  4. (adj) ghastly pale


  1. Some of Rio's most recent crimes have reached the top strata of lurid violence.
  2. Her yummily lurid bio has provided fodder for everything from a failed Broadway musical to Jackie Susann's trash classics to a fictionalized portrait in Miller's play After the Fall.
  3. All right, the subjects are often lurid and even bizarre.


  1. Parkland man accused of trying to lure girl, 13, into sex via text

    A 34-year-old man thought he was sending lurid sex texts to a 13-year-old girl, but it was an undercover detective who was intercepting and responding to the messages, a police report shows.        
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Sun-Sentinel

  2. Police: Old Hickory man arrested after lurid, pornographic chats with minors

    Metro police arrested a 44-year-old Old Hickory man they say carried on lurid and pornographic conversations with minors on a social networking site.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Tennessean

  3. Guy Rocha: Was Sen. Pittman really put on ice?

    This is among the most lurid and grotesque of Nevada’s folk tales. U.S. Sen. Key Pittman died on Nov. 10, 1940, only five days after handily winning re-election. For years, stories have circulated that Pittman actually died before the election and his death was covered up.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reno Gazette-Journal


  1. "It's very visual," Mr. Crumb said, according to The Guardian. "It's lurid. Full of all kinds of crazy, weird things that will really surprise people."
    on Mar 31, 2009 By: Robert Crumb Source: New York Times

  2. Gatiss said: "The fact that Steven, myself and millions of others are still addicted to Conan Doyle's brilliant stories is testament to their indestructibility." "They're as vital, lurid, thrill- ing and wonderful as they ever were."...
    on Dec 19, 2008 By: Mark Gatiss Source: WalesOnline

  3. The 350 cookies stuffed with "the most graphically lurid" fortunes got mixed up with a batch of 1,750 cookies ordered for the Chinese New Year event, Borough President Marty Markowitz said Friday.
    on Feb 10, 2006 By: Marty Markowitz Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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