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Dawn breaks, the sun’s rays tracing the sky above Blackcliffs ebony belltower like bloodied fingers, tingeing everyone in the courtyard a lurid red.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  glaringly vivid and shocking; marked by sensationalism
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lurid luridly luridness
Much more rarely, "lurid" can reference a color that is too vivid — especially red.
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  • Dawn breaks, the sun’s rays tracing the sky above Blackcliffs ebony belltower like bloodied fingers, tingeing everyone in the courtyard a lurid red.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • She showed me the lurid lines on her wrists, like bracelets.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I felt it, too: the dread, the weight of the horrors we’d seen, which replayed themselves in an endless, lurid loop in my mind.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Every time he described them he’d toss in some lurid new detail: they stank like putrefying trash; they were invisible except for their shadows; a pack of squirming tentacles lurked inside their mouths and could whip out in an instant and pull you into their powerful jaws.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • Before she left for the drug program, Nina gave me a little heart-shaped compact, the kind you might find at a dollar store, and I experimented with lurid eye shadow colors.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I should have understood the corporal’s strange behavior to be an alarm—for example, he had placed among the photographs of his elders in the small shrine next to his bed several of the newly traded pictures, and actually cut out certain lurid forms and applied them in a most dishonoring fashion beside the portraits of his stolid-faced grandparents.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In the lurid, flickering light, he sees that the airplane was not alone, that the sky teems with them, a dozen swooping back and forth, racing in all directions, and in a moment of disorientation, he feels that he’s looking not up but down, as though a spotlight has been shined into a wedge of bloodshot water, and the sky has become the sea, and the airplanes are hungry fish, harrying their prey in the dark.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I felt restless, a little goatish, and in order to keep the curtain drawn down over my brain’s ever-handy peep show of lewd apparitions—harmless, but in relation to work distracting—I got up and paced the room, which the summer sun bathed in a lurid flamingo light.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I think of them glowing in the dark, with a lurid sulfur-yellow light; I think of curling wisps of mist coining out of them and materializing on top of my bureau.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Look," said Boris—sweating and pale in the lurid tail lights of the car in front of us; more cars had pulled up behind, we were trapped —"who knows how long we will be here.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • I did not want to miss a single lurid detail.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It was night, and the white faces and the scarlet banners were luridly floodlit.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The walls were all covered with large, lurid pink flowers.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The title was lurid red: KING OF SPARTA.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • For in his eyes I read some lurid woe would shrivel me up, had I it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A new religious faith could have been founded on the energy of spirit which he spent upon collecting lurid stories and smearing them across sheets of paper.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Excess had brought on that frightful disease that seems to throw the lurid shadows of a coming retribution back into the present life.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Here and there, a red and fiery star struggled through the drifting vapor, furnishing a lurid gleam of brightness to the dull aspect of the heavens.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The sun, shining through the smoke that drove up from the tops of the trees, seemed blood red, and threw an unfamiliar lurid light upon everything.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Anyone who had seen the lurid Bosch painting of the same name understood the jab; the painting, like the forest, was dark and twisted, a purgatory for freaks and fetishists.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • And along the margin where the water sometimes broke was a thick incrustation of salt—pink under the lurid sky.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Because of the lurid tales we read and our vivid imaginations and, probably, memories of our brief but hectic lives, Bailey and I were afflicted—he physically and I mentally.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The man swore luridly, as if she’d hit his hand with a hammer.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • In this light I must look lurid.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The rippling veil of black and crimson smoke filtered the sun’s rays in such a way that everything below was bathed in a lurid orange.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The sky was a hideous lurid color and great swirls of black smoke went twisting up to hand in billowy clouds above the flames.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Above the temples, amidst wreathed turban folds of black drapery, vague in its character and consistency as cloud, gleamed a ring of white flame, gemmed with sparkles of a more lurid tinge.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • They went into Gladrags Wizardwear to buy a present for Dobby, where they had fun selecting the most lurid socks they could find, including a pair patterned with flashing gold and silver stars, and another that screamed loudly when they became too smelly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I had the impression it wasn’t night and it wasn’t day, but some lurid third interval that had suddenly slipped between them and would never end.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • He had not noticed her at first because she was wearing a luridly flowered set of robes that blended only too well with the tablecloth on the desk behind her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It alternately whined in tones of selfpity and rose in lurid screams; it reminded her chillingly of the screams that sometimes rose in the geriatrics ward of the hospital where she had worked summers as a high school kid.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The P.T. Barnum-like talk shows-at their lurid peak in the fall of 1995-are a staple.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The impervious navigator heard these lurid tidings, undismayed.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The two young men were both bending over the fire for the blaze had died down, and only a red glow from the dying embers cast a lurid light on a narrow semicircle in front of the hearth.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Demon eyes, of a wild and ghastly vivacity, glared upon me in a thousand directions, where none had been visible before, and gleamed with the lurid lustre of a fire that I could not force my imagination to regard as unreal.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • O living creature, gracious and benign, that goest through the lurid air visiting us who stained the world blood-red,—if the King of the universe were a friend we would pray Him for thy peace, since thou hast pity on our perverse ill.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I saw the figures dancing luridly, the lights flashing, the band going.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The kitchen now suggests that sort of lurid nocturnal brilliance, the raw colours of childhood’s spectrum.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Here and there, some early lamps were seen to twinkle in the distant city; and in the eastern quarter of the sky the lurid light still hovered.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And then the hand tightened on her neck, tightened, until Carrie saw red, lurid dots in front of her eyes and felt her brain go fuzzy and far-off.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Yesterday I was almost willing to accept Van Helsing’s monstrous ideas, but now they seem to start out lurid before me as outrages on common sense.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The narrator narrowly escapes before the house itself pulls apart and crashes into the "black and lurid tarn" at its base.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Overhead was the great patch of lurid light on the roof of the Underworld.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • And farther west on the upper reaches the place of the monstrous town was still marked ominously on the sky, a brooding gloom in sunshine, a lurid glare under the stars.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I was about to mention the importance of reflection, and here we are, presented with this lurid imbecility.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Thus sped the demoniac on his course, until, quivering among the trees, he saw a red light before him, as when the felled trunks and branches of a clearing have been set on fire, and throw up their lurid blaze against the sky, at the hour of midnight.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • A lurid colour seemed to fill the tent, and change the aspect of all therein.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
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