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Meaning of SORDID

Pronunciation:  'sowrdid

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  meanly avaricious and mercenary; "sordid avarice"; "sordid material interests"
  2. [adj]  foul and run-down and repulsive; "a flyblown bar on the edge of town"; "a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town"; "squalid living conditions"; "sordid shantytowns"
  3. [adj]  unethical or dishonest; "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign"
  4. [adj]  morally degraded; "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"

SORDID is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: acquisitive, corrupt, dirty, disreputable, flyblown, seamy, seedy, sleazy, soiled, squalid, unclean



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sor"did\, a. [L. sordidus, fr. sordere to be filthy or
dirty; probably akin to E. swart: cf. F. sordide. See
{Swart}, a.]
1. Filthy; foul; dirty. [Obs.]

         A sordid god; down from his hoary chin A length of
         beard descends, uncombed, unclean.    --Dryden.

2. Vile; base; gross; mean; as, vulgar, sordid mortals. ``To
   scorn the sordid world.'' --Milton.

3. Meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly.

         He may be old, And yet sordid, who refuses gold.
                                               --Sir J.