1) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone's behaviour as sordid, you mean that it is immoral or dishonest.

He sat with his head buried in his hands as his sordid double life was revealed...

I don't want to hear the sordid details of your relationship with Sandra...

She listened to Kate's explanation of the sordid affair.

2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a place as sordid, you mean that it is dirty, unpleasant, or depressing.

...the attic windows of their sordid little rooms.


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  • Sordid — (v. lat.), 1) schmutzig, unflätig; 2) gemein, geizig; daher Sordidität, Unflätigkeit, Gemeinheit, Niederträchtigkeit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sordīd — (lat.), schmutzig, unflätig, geizig; Sordidität, schmutziges Wesen, Geiz …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sordid — Sordid, vom lat. sordidus, schmutzig; niederträchtig; S.ät, Schmutz; Gemeinheit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • sordid — I adjective abiectus, abject, abominable, base, corrupt, debased, decayed, defiled, degraded, deteriorated, dilapidated, disgusting, foul, fouled, fulsome, fusty, grimy, gruesome, inliberalis, mucky, odious, repellent, slatternly, slovenly,… …   Law dictionary

  • sordid — 1580s, festering, from L. sordidus dirty, from sordere be dirty, be shabby, related to sordes dirt, from PIE root *swordo black, dirty (Cf. Goth. swarts, O.E. sweart black ). Sense of foul, low, mean first recorded 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • sordid — *mean, ignoble, abject Analogous words: *mercenary, venal: squalid, foul, filthy, nasty, *dirty: *contemptible, despicable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sordid — [adj] dirty, bad, low abject, avaricious, base, black, calculated, corrupt, covetous, debauched, degenerate, degraded, despicable, disreputable, dowdy, filthy, foul, grasping, grubby, ignoble, impure, low down, mean, mercenary, miserable, miserly …   New thesaurus

  • sordid — ► ADJECTIVE 1) involving ignoble actions and motives. 2) dirty or squalid. DERIVATIVES sordidly adverb sordidness noun. ORIGIN Latin sordidus, from sordere be dirty …   English terms dictionary

  • sordid — [sôr′did] adj. [Fr sordide < L sordidus < sordes, filth < IE base * swordo(s) , black, dirty > SWARTHY, Ger schwarz] 1. a) dirty; filthy b) squalid; depressingly wretched 2. c) base; ignoble; mean …   English World dictionary

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