lurid

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

shocking or excessively vivid

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lurid - shocking

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Something ‘lurid’ is marked by sensationalism and is attention-grabbing due to its graphic or gruesome nature. While it may be disturbing, it is important to note that it typically does not inspire revulsion. In fact, something lurid often provokes a macabre fascination. The word can also be used in reference to a colour that is unpleasantly bright.

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Synonyms vivid,gruesome
Antonyms lacklustre

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  1. The lurid details of the celebrity’s affair are splashed all over the morning papers.

  2. The lurid book cover was quite off-putting. I would have preferred something more innocuous.

  3. The witness gave a lurid account of the crime which shocked everyone in the courtroom.

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