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Meaning & Definition of Sordid in English

English

Sordid

/sɔrdəd/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • seamy
  • ,
  • seedy
  • ,
  • sleazy
  • ,
  • sordid
  • ,
  • squalid

2. Unethical or dishonest

  • "Dirty police officers"
  • "A sordid political campaign"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • sordid

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • flyblown
  • ,
  • squalid
  • ,
  • sordid

4. Meanly avaricious and mercenary

  • "Sordid avarice"
  • "Sordid material interests"
    synonym:
  • sordid