Definitions for sordid
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sordid.
seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, squalidadjective
"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"
unethical or dishonest
"dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign"
flyblown, squalid, sordidadjective
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"
meanly avaricious and mercenary
"sordid avarice"; "sordid material interests"
Dirty or squalid.
Etymology: sordidus, from sordere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sordidus, Latin.
There Charon stands
A sordid god, down from his hoary chin
A length of beard descends, uncomb’d, unclean. Dryden.
It is strange since the priests office heretofore was always splendid, that it is now looked upon as a piece of religion, to make it low and sordid. Robert South, Sermons.
He may be old,
And yet not sordid, who refuses gold. John Denham.
If one should cease to be generous and charitable, because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish christian virtues. Roger L'Estrange.
Sordid is an adjective used to describe something as dirty, filthy or morally degraded. It can refer to actions, places, situations, or behaviors that are marked by contemptible deeds, corruption, or dishonesty. Moreover, it can also denote something that is squalid and run-down.
filthy; foul; dirty
vile; base; gross; mean; as, vulgar, sordid mortals
meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly
Etymology: [L. sordidus, fr. sordere to be filthy or dirty; probably akin to E. swart: cf. F. sordide. See Swart, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sor′did, adj. dirty, squalid: of a dull colour: morally foul, vile: mean: meanly avaricious.—n. Sor′des, filth, foul accretions on the teeth in low forms of fever.—adv. Sor′didly.—ns. Sor′didness, state of being sordid; Sor′dor, filth, dregs. [Fr. sordide—L. sordidus—sordēre, to be dirty.]
The numerical value of sordid in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of sordid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
The world is too much with us late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powersLittle we see in Nature that is oursWe have given our hearts away, a sordid boon
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
There is not just astonishment and question marks, but also a history that is too long, too heavy, too difficult, and above all, very sordid.
The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
He who receives a favour must retain a recollection of it for all time to come; but he who confers should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid and ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred on him, and to talk of it, is little different from a reproach.
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- sòrdidCatalan, Valencian
- schäbig, schmutzig, geizig, dreckigGerman
- دون؛ پستPersian
- sordide, avide, saletéFrench
- piszkos, anyagias, közönséges, szennyes, zsugori, kapzsi, hitványHungarian
- опустившийся, низкий, грязный, корыстный, жадныйRussian
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