Definition of lurid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlʊərɪd//
    , BrE//ˈljʊərɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʊrɪd//
    (disapproving) Describing a story
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  1. 1too bright in colour, in a way that is not attractive She was wearing a lurid orange and green blouse.
  2. 2(especially of a story or piece of writing) shocking and violent in a way that is deliberate lurid headlines The paper gave all the lurid details of the murder. See related entries: Describing a story
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘pale and dismal in colour’): from Latin luridus; related to luror ‘wan or yellow colour’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lurid