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sordid

[sawr-did] /ˈsɔr dɪd/
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.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin sordidus, equivalent to sord(ēs) dirt + -idus -id4
Related forms
sordidly, adverb
sordidness, noun
unsordid, adjective
unsordidly, adverb
unsordidness, noun
Can be confused
sordid, sorted.
Synonyms
1. degraded, depraved. See mean2 . 2. avaricious, tight, close, stingy. 3. soiled, unclean, foul.
Antonyms
1. honorable. 2. generous. 3. clean.
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British Dictionary definitions for sordidness

sordid

/ˈsɔːdɪd/
adjective
1.
dirty, foul, or squalid
2.
degraded; vile; base: a sordid affair
3.
selfish and grasping: sordid avarice
Derived Forms
sordidly, adverb
sordidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sordidus, from sordēre to be dirty
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Word Origin and History for sordidness

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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