Definition of sordid in English:

sordid

Line breaks: sor¦did
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːdɪd
 
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adjective

1Involving immoral or dishonourable actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt: the story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams
More example sentences
  • Fortunately for him, he will not be contemplating his sad and sordid crime from the inside of a prison cell.
  • Another motive, the sordid one, is the craving for gossip, particularly the naughty kind.
  • The Dutroux case, which uncovered a sordid picture of judicial and political corruption, implicated the highest levels of Belgian society.
Synonyms
sleazy, seedy, seamy, unsavoury, shoddy, vile, foul, tawdry, louche, cheap, base, low, low-minded, debased, degenerate, corrupt, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, despicable, discreditable, contemptible, ignominious, ignoble, shameful, wretched, abhorrent, abominable, disgusting
informal sleazoid
2Dirty or squalid: the overcrowded housing conditions were sordid and degrading
More example sentences
  • After 18 months of complaining to various authorities and writing to the Craven Herald, the town hall entrance is still filthy and sordid.
  • At present you spend your lives in sordid labour, your abode in filthy slums; your children hunger and your masters say your slavery must endure forever.
Synonyms
British informal manky, gungy, grotty
Australian/New Zealand informal scungy
literary besmirched

Origin

late Middle English (as a medical term in the sense 'purulent'): from French sordide or Latin sordidus, from sordere 'be dirty'. The current senses date from the early 17th century.

Derivatives

sordidly

adverb
More example sentences
  • He examines Flynn's life frankly, but never sordidly.
  • Hsiao-kang's compulsive attempts to escape the alienating isolation of Taipei become, then, sordidly futile, tinted ironically with the female's colorless lonesomeness in Paris.
  • But there was something sordidly exciting about the offer.

sordidness

noun
More example sentences
  • He lived a secretive, closeted life, tormented by illicit desires and guilt at what he called, in one diary entry, ‘the sordidness of much of my past.’
  • I think what I was commenting on there was the fact that I despise sordidness and low-life, and avoided it at all costs.
  • After calls to 8 or 10 other producers in town, none of whom was willing to get involved with such sordidness, Leslie told them to call me.

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