morally ignoble or base; vile: sordid methods.
meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary.
dirty or filthy.
squalid; wretchedly poor and run-down: sordid housing.

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

sordidly, adverb
sordidness, noun
unsordid, adjective
unsordidly, adverb
unsordidness, noun

sordid, sorted.

1. degraded, depraved. See mean2. 2. avaricious, tight, close, stingy. 3. soiled, unclean, foul.

1. honorable. 2. generous. 3. clean. Unabridged
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sordid (ˈsɔːdɪd)
1.  dirty, foul, or squalid
2.  degraded; vile; base: a sordid affair
3.  selfish and grasping: sordid avarice
[C16: from Latin sordidus, from sordēre to be dirty]

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Word Origin & History

1584, "festering," from L. sordidus "dirty," from sordere "be dirty, be shabby," related to sordes "dirt," from PIE base *swordo- "black, dirty" (cf. Goth. swarts, O.E. sweart "black"). Sense of "foul, low, mean" first recorded 1611.
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Example sentences
But the torch and the opening ceremony transcended those rather sordid origins,
  and it became this wonderful tradition.
The sordid history of mixing genetics, ethnicity and intellect guarantees a
  spotlight on this work.
He'd then refer to some incident and twist the scenario into a sordid situation
  that never took place.
However, when the courts enter this mirk of secrecy it only add one more layer
  of confusion and complexity to this sordid horror.
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