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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: luridus 'pale yellow', from luror 'pale yellow color'

lurid

adjective
     
Related topics: Colours
lu‧rid
1 a description, story etc that is lurid is deliberately shocking and involves sex or violence [= explicit]:
lurid headlines
He told me in lurid detail what would happen to me.
2CC too brightly coloured [= gaudy]:
a lurid orange dress
luridly adverb

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