American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Filthy; foul; dirty.
- adj. Vile; base; gross; mean.
- adj. Meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly.
- adj. morally degraded
- adj. unethical or dishonest
- adj. foul and run-down and repulsive
- adj. meanly avaricious and mercenary
- Latin sordidus, from sordēre ("be dirty"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sordide, festering, purulent, from Latin sordidus, dirty, from sordēre, to be dirty. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As a result of the grand jury's report on what it called "sordid, shocking acts," Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary of the clergy in the Archdiocese, faces charges of child endangerment.”
“DALLAS - Texas prosecutors on Thursday abruptly ended a three-year criminal probe into what they called a sordid small-town swinger's club where children as young as 5 were forced into performing sex.”
“The majority of the world's people live in sordid conditions, deprived of basic necessities.”
“Three years passed in sordid struggle and disappointment.”
“It’s all very fine in its way, but somehow it’s what I call sordid and the port is terrible.”
“Around this time, notice, he didn't give specific dates as he's, you know, recalling his sordid history he didn't give specific dates.”
“Russian literature, faced with the realities of modern life, a spirit titanic and in clash with its material, and produced in the mastery of this every-day material, commonly called sordid, a phantasmagoria intense with beauty.”
“The nomad and romantic in him, troubled and restless with Ukrainian myth, legend, and song, impressed upon Russian literature, faced with the realities of modern life, a spirit titanic and in clash with its material, and produced in the mastery of this every-day material, commonly called sordid, a phantasmagoria intense with beauty.”
“If you can recall the sordid scenario and silly media circus which surrounded the tawdry”
“• Après-ski that could be described as sordid and tacky”
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