Lurid is a adjective that is used to describe something that is very graphic or gory. The word is often used to describe the news or the media.

  • The article was lurid and full of gory details.

  • The movie was lurid and full of graphic violence.

Definition of lurid


glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism




ghastly pale


horrible in fierceness or savagery


shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke

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Example Sentences for lurid

  • 1

    Lurid details are not necessary for the article.

  • 2

    They noticed the absence of lurid details there.

  • 3

    Any mention of extortion is lurid and inconsequential.

  • 4

    I agree that the term is unnecessairly lurid.

  • 5

    See my userpage for all the lurid details.

  • 6

    The details are lurid and people are outraged at the amount of violence.

  • 7

    I find no merit in the lurid accusations of timing and what not.

  • 8

    The details get more elaborate and lurid with each retelling.

  • 9

    Obviously it doesn't belong in the article five times, or in a lurid fashion.

  • 10

    I suppose it's useless to raise the innuendo to less lurid speculation.