adjective sor·did \ˈsr-dəd\

: very bad or dishonest

: very dirty

Full Definition of SORDID

:  marked by baseness or grossness :  vile <sordid motives>
a :  dirty, filthy
b :  wretched, squalid
:  meanly avaricious :  covetous
:  of a dull or muddy color
sor·did·ly adverb
sor·did·ness noun

Examples of SORDID

  1. And Vermes's story is also in part an international thriller, especially with the high-level goings-on around the Scrolls. The full sordid tale of spite, scholarly selfishness, and undisguised anti-Semitism, which kept access to the Dead Sea texts restricted for decades to a tiny cartel, unwinds in his pages. —Paula Fredriksen, New Republic, 15 Oct. 2001

Origin of SORDID

Latin sordidus, from sordes dirt — more at swart
First Known Use: 1606

Synonym Discussion of SORDID

mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity <mean and petty satire>. ignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit <an ignoble scramble after material possessions>. abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility <abject poverty>. sordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness <a sordid story of murder and revenge>.

Rhymes with SORDID

SORDID Defined for Kids


adjective sor·did \ˈsr-dəd\

Definition of SORDID for Kids

:  very dirty :  filthy <sordid surroundings>
:  of low moral quality <a sordid life>


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