- 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 sordidly
The spirit of the place has not changed; it is as it was, splendidly and sordidly commercial.Literature and Life
William Dean Howells
"Our peasants live too sordidly," observed a Frenchman to me a day or two later.East of Paris
Sordidly mean, ostentatiously prodigal, filthily intemperate and affectedly refined.Masques & Phases
Nor by alternate shreds of light; Sordidly shifting hands with shades and night.In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)
Harrison S. Morris
Then the two candles guttered fitfully, sordidly, just as they had always done.The Missourian
Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
- dirty, foul, or squalid
- degraded; vile; basea sordid affair
- selfish and graspingsordid avarice
Word Origin and History for sordidly
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.