Definition of Sordid

1. Adjective. Morally degraded. "The squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"

Exact synonyms: Seamy, Seedy, Sleazy, Squalid
Similar to: Disreputable
Derivative terms: Sleaziness, Sordidness, Squalidness



2. Adjective. Unethical or dishonest. "A sordid political campaign"
Exact synonyms: Dirty
Similar to: Corrupt
Derivative terms: Sordidness

3. Adjective. Foul and run-down and repulsive. "Sordid shantytowns"
Exact synonyms: Flyblown, Squalid
Similar to: Dirty, Soiled, Unclean
Derivative terms: Sordidness, Squalidness

4. Adjective. Meanly avaricious and mercenary. "Sordid material interests"
Similar to: Acquisitive
Derivative terms: Sordidness

Definition of Sordid

1. a. Filthy; foul; dirty.

Definition of Sordid

1. Adjective. Dirty or squalid. ¹

2. Adjective. Morally degrading. ¹

3. Adjective. Grasping. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sordid

1. filthy [adj] : SORDIDLY [adv] - See also: filthy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sordid

sorcerised
sorcerises
sorcerising
sorcerize
sorcerized
sorcerizes
sorcerizing
sorceror
sorcerors
sorcerous
sorcerously
sorcery
sord
sorda
sordes
sordid (current term)
sordider
sordidest
sordidity
sordidly
sordidness
sordidnesses
sordine
sordines
sordini
sordino
sordo
sordor
sordors
sords

Literary usage of Sordid

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1. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from ...by Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"If one should cease to be generous and charitable, because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish Christian ..."

2. The Lancet (1842)
"Well, Sir, the resident practitioners were discarded, medical clubs were established, the most sordid modes of treating disease were adopted by the needy ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"(2) advanced age, to the empire ; but his merit was rather useful than shining, and his virtues were disgraced by a strict and even sordid parsimony. ..."

4. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"BASE, LO\V, sordid; PALTRY, SORRY, POOR. THESE wretched epithets would be perfectly ... muft however ¬°earn to be sordid, ..."

5. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1893)
"Clypeus, labrum and thoracic shield a tawny olive colour ; head a seal brown ; body a sordid straw colour. The tubercles proportionately smaller and the ..."

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