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sordid

[sawr-did]
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adjective
  1. morally ignoble or base; vile: sordid methods.
  2. meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary.
  3. dirty or filthy.
  4. squalid; wretchedly poor and run-down: sordid housing.
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Origin of sordid

1590–1600; < Latin sordidus, equivalent to sord(ēs) dirt + -idus -id4
Related formssor·did·ly, adverbsor·did·ness, nounun·sor·did, adjectiveun·sor·did·ly, adverbun·sor·did·ness, noun
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1. degraded, depraved. See mean2. 2. avaricious, tight, close, stingy. 3. soiled, unclean, foul.

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Related Words for sordid

disreputable, vile, nasty, shameful, sleazy, squalid, abject, avaricious, base, black, calculated, corrupt, covetous, debauched, degenerate, degraded, despicable, dowdy, filthy, foul

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British Dictionary definitions for sordid

sordid

adjective
  1. dirty, foul, or squalid
  2. degraded; vile; basea sordid affair
  3. selfish and graspingsordid avarice
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Derived Formssordidly, adverbsordidness, noun

Word Origin for sordid

C16: from Latin sordidus, from sordēre to be dirty
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Word Origin and History for sordid

adj.

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.

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