2. [syn: lurid, shocking]
3. shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke;
- Example: "a lurid sunset"
- Example: "lurid flames"
4. ghastly pale;
- Example: "moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lurid \Lu"rid\, a. [L. luridus.]
1. Pale yellow; ghastly pale; wan; gloomy; dismal.
Fierce o'er their beauty blazed the lurid flame.
Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke
On the misty river tide. --Tennyson.
2. (Bot.) Having a brown color tinged with red, as of flame
seen through smoke.
3. (Zool.) Of a color tinged with purple, yellow, and gray.
4. Vivid, sensational, or shocking; graphic or melodramatic;
as, the lurid details of a murder.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: horrible in fierceness or savagery; "lurid crimes"; "a
2: glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism; "lurid
details of the accident" [syn: lurid, shocking]
3: shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through
smoke; "a lurid sunset"; "lurid flames"
4: ghastly pale; "moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
302 Moby Thesaurus words for "lurid":
Barnumesque, Fescennine, Gongoresque, Johnsonian, Rabelaisian,
Titian, Titian-red, achromatic, achromic, affected, aglow, anemic,
appalling, ashen, ashy, awful, baleful, bawdy, bedizened, beige,
big-sounding, blanched, blatant, bled white, blinding, bloodless,
blue, brazen, brazenfaced, bricky, brown, brownish,
brownish-yellow, brunet, burning, cadaverous, cardinal, carmine,
carnation, carnelian, cerise, cherry, cherry-colored, cherry-red,
chloranemic, chocolate, cinnamon, cloak-and-dagger, cocoa,
cocoa-brown, coffee, coffee-brown, colorful, colorless, convoluted,
corpselike, crimson, crude, damask, dead, deadly, deadly pale,
deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, declamatory, dim, dimmed, dingy,
dirty, discolored, disgusting, doughy, drab, dull, dun, dun-brown,
dun-drab, ecru, eerie, elevated, etiolated, euphuistic,
exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, extravagant, faded,
faint, fallow, fawn, fawn-colored, ferruginous, fiery, filthy,
fire-red, flagrant, flamboyant, flame-colored, flame-red, flaming,
flaring, flashy, flat, flaunting, foul, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken,
foul-tongued, frightful, fulsome, fuscous, garish, gaudy, ghastly,
ghostlike, ghostly, glaring, glowering, glowing, gorgeous, gory,
grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, graphic, gray, grege, grim,
grisly, gruesome, gules, haggard, hazel, hideous, high-flowing,
high-flown, high-flying, high-sounding, highfalutin, horrendous,
horrible, horrid, horrifying, hot, hueless, hypochromic, impure,
incarmined, inflamed, infrared, inkhorn, iron-red, ithyphallic,
khaki, labyrinthine, lackluster, lake-colored, laky, lateritious,
leaden, lewd, lexiphanic, livid, lobster-red, lofty, loud,
lusterless, macabre, magniloquent, malefic, maroon, mat, mealy,
melodramatic, meretricious, mortuary, muddy, nasty, neutral,
nut-brown, obscene, obtrusive, offensive, olive-brown, olive-drab,
orotund, ostentatious, overbright, overdone, overelaborate,
overinvolved, overwrought, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid,
pasty, pedantic, pompous, pornographic, port-wine, pretentious,
puce, raunchy, raw, red, red-dyed, red-looking, reddened, reddish,
reddish-amber, reddish-brown, revolting, rhetorical, ribald,
rubicund, rubiginous, rubric, rubricose, ruby, ruby-colored,
ruby-red, ruddied, ruddy, rufescent, rufous, rust, rust-red, rusty,
salacious, sallow, scarlet, screaming, scurrile, scurrilous, seal,
seal-brown, sensational, sensationalistic, sententious, sepia,
shameless, shocking, showy, shrieking, sickly, sinister,
smoking-room, smutty, snuff-colored, sonorous, sorrel, spectacular,
spine-chilling, stammel, startling, stilted, sultry, tabloid, tall,
tallow-faced, tan, taupe, tawdry, tawny, terrible, terrifying,
tile-red, toast, toast-brown, toneless, tortuous, umber,
umber-colored, uncanny, unchaste, unclean, uncolored, unearthly,
unprintable, unrepeatable, vermilion, vile, vinaceous, vivid,
vulgar, walnut, walnut-brown, wan, warm, washed-out, waxen, weak,
weird, whey-faced, white, wine, wine-colored, wine-red, yellow,