Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Lurid!

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 10 Jun 2008

I think these definitions give a good sense of the flavor of "lurid" -- although, frankly, using "lurid" for "ghastly pale" is pretty uncommon
(sounds like a usage that Lovecraft might indulge).
 horrible in fierceness or savagery; "lurid crimes"; "a lurid life" glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism; "lurid details of the accident" shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke; "a lurid sunset"; "lurid flames" ghastly pale; "moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence"

Mark On 6/10/08, foxbrick <> wrote:
> --- In <>,
> "jacquesdebierue"
> <jacquesdebierue@...> wrote:
> >
> > My learned colleague Foxbrick [aka crotchedy Todd Mason] perplexed me
> with his question about
> > "lurid". I looked it up and perhaps this is where the confusion comes
> > from: it means both "pale" and "vivid" (the sense in which I used it).
> > I wasn't aware that the word had two opposite meanings. I hope I
> > haven't ruined the word for those who need to use it in reviews and
> > such. For me, its allure has paled.
> And there's a implication of cheap shock, which Theodore Sturgeon could
> engage in, but usually didn't...too much the artist. Very expensive
> shocks, frequently, indeed.
> Todd Mason

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