- morally ignoble or base; vile: sordid methods.
- meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary.
- dirty or filthy.
- squalid; wretchedly poor and run-down: sordid housing.
Origin of sordid
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Examples from the Web for sordid
The U.K. tabloids, as is their wont, have branded her “shameless,” “sordid,” and “the scourge of society.”The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians
October 20, 2014
Their relationship was messy and sordid and full of lies and jealousy and betrayal and backstabbing.How to Get Away With Gayness: Shonda Rhimes Kills TV’s Sex Stereotypes
September 25, 2014
The sordid story of a female co-founder stripped of her title because she was harassed.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, July 6, 2014
The Daily Beast
July 5, 2014
But the sordid tale now runs far deeper still and has already begun jeopardizing lives in Cuba, Mexico, and Miami.MLB’s Next Headache: Cartels, Gangsters, and Their Cuban Superstars
Peter C. Bjarkman
April 18, 2014
Still, there were those trying to end this sordid special relationship.Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
Its most significant details were of a sordid kind, familiar to poverty.Within the Law
Sordid surroundings, ignorance, and overcrowding did the rest.
There were also women in sordid skirts and with their loose jackets unhooked.
"You shouldn't take such a sordid view of the matter," said the artist.One Day's Courtship
I had asked that sordid question only to hide the unreasoning gladness of my heart.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- dirty, foul, or squalid
- degraded; vile; basea sordid affair
- selfish and graspingsordid avarice
Word Origin and History for sordid
early 15c., "festering," from Latin sordidus "dirty, filthy, foul, vile, mean, base," from sordere "be dirty, be shabby," related to sordes "dirt, filth," from PIE *swrd-e-, from root *swordo- "black, dirty" (cf. Old English sweart "black"). Sense of "foul, low, mean" first recorded 1610s. Related: Sordidly; sordidness.