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lurid
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition shocking, as from disturbing details of a horrible story, or a color more vivid (bright or deep) than would be expected
  • It was whispered by those who peered after her that the scarlet letter threw a lurid gleam along the dark passage-way of the interior.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (**% in)
  • Then, she was supported by an unnatural tension of the nerves, and by all the combative energy of her character, which enabled her to convert the scene into a kind of lurid triumph.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (4% in)
  • When the light of the glimmering lantern had faded quite away, the minister discovered, by the faintness which came over him, that the last few moments had been a crisis of terrible anxiety, although his mind had made an involuntary effort to relieve itself by a kind of lurid playfulness.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (35% in)
  • "Yea, woman, thou sayest truly!" cried old Roger Chillingworth, letting the lurid fire of his heart blaze out before her eyes.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (53% in)
  • Wherever her walk hath been—wherever, so miserably burdened, she may have hoped to find repose—it hath cast a lurid gleam of awe and horrible repugnance round about her.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (75% in)
  • Philosophically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essentially the same, except that one happens to be seen in a celestial radiance, and the other in a dusky and lurid glow.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (44% in)

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