sordidness

sordid

[sawr-did]
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; < 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.
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sordid (ˈsɔːdɪd)
 
adj
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]
 
'sordidly
 
adv
 
'sordidness
 
n

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sordid
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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