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sordid

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

1590–1600; from Latin sordidus, equivalent to sord(ēs) “dirt” + -idus-id4

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British Dictionary definitions for sordid

sordid
/ (ˈsɔːdɪd) /

adjective
dirty, foul, or squalid
degraded; vile; basea sordid affair
selfish and graspingsordid avarice

Derived forms of sordid

sordidly, adverbsordidness, noun

Word Origin for sordid

C16: from Latin sordidus, from sordēre to be dirty
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