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Definition of "sordid" []

  • Filthy or dirty; foul. (adjective)
  • Depressingly squalid; wretched: sordid shantytowns. (adjective)
  • Morally degraded: "The sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils” ( James Joyce). See Synonyms at mean2. (adjective)
  • Exceedingly mercenary; grasping. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sordid" in a sentence
  • "As a result of the grand jury's report on what it called "sordid, shocking acts," Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary of the clergy in the Archdiocese, faces charges of child endangerment."
  • "DALLAS - Texas prosecutors on Thursday abruptly ended a three-year criminal probe into what they called a sordid small-town swinger's club where children as young as 5 were forced into performing sex."
  • "The majority of the world's people live in sordid conditions, deprived of basic necessities."