from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Filthy or dirty; foul.
- adj. Depressingly squalid; wretched: sordid shantytowns.
- adj. Morally degraded: "The sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils” ( James Joyce). See Synonyms at mean2.
- adj. Exceedingly mercenary; grasping.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Dirty or squalid.
- adj. Morally degrading.
- adj. Grasping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Filthy; foul; dirty.
- adj. Vile; base; gross; mean.
- adj. Meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dirty; filthy; squalid; foul.
- In bot, and zoology, of a dull or dirty hue; impure; muddy: noting a color when it appears as if clouded by admixture with another, or parts so colored: as, sordid blue, etc.
- Morally foul; gross; base; vile; ignoble; selfish; miserly.
- Low; menial; groveling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. morally degraded
- adj. unethical or dishonest
- adj. foul and run-down and repulsive
- adj. meanly avaricious and mercenary
Middle English sordide, festering, purulent, from Latin sordidus, dirty, from sordēre, to be dirty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sordidus, from sordēre ("be dirty"). (Wiktionary)