sordid

  • 1 Sordid — Sor did, a. [L. sordidus, fr. sordere to be filthy or dirty; probably akin to E. swart: cf. F. sordide. See {Swart}, a.] 1. Filthy; foul; dirty. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A sordid god; down from his hoary chin A length of beard descends, uncombed,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 sordid — SORDÍD, Ă, sordizi, de, adj. (Livr (livresc).) Murdar; dezgustător. ♦ fig. Interesat în mod exagerat; meschin. – Din fr. sordide, lat. sordidus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  sordíd adj. m., pl …

    Dicționar Român

  • 3 Sordid — (v. lat.), 1) schmutzig, unflätig; 2) gemein, geizig; daher Sordidität, Unflätigkeit, Gemeinheit, Niederträchtigkeit …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 4 Sordīd — (lat.), schmutzig, unflätig, geizig; Sordidität, schmutziges Wesen, Geiz …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 5 Sordid — Sordid, vom lat. sordidus, schmutzig; niederträchtig; S.ät, Schmutz; Gemeinheit …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 6 sordid — I adjective abiectus, abject, abominable, base, corrupt, debased, decayed, defiled, degraded, deteriorated, dilapidated, disgusting, foul, fouled, fulsome, fusty, grimy, gruesome, inliberalis, mucky, odious, repellent, slatternly, slovenly,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 sordid — 1580s, festering, from L. sordidus dirty, from sordere be dirty, be shabby, related to sordes dirt, from PIE root *swordo black, dirty (Cf. Goth. swarts, O.E. sweart black ). Sense of foul, low, mean first recorded 1610s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 sordid — *mean, ignoble, abject Analogous words: *mercenary, venal: squalid, foul, filthy, nasty, *dirty: *contemptible, despicable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 sordid — [adj] dirty, bad, low abject, avaricious, base, black, calculated, corrupt, covetous, debauched, degenerate, degraded, despicable, disreputable, dowdy, filthy, foul, grasping, grubby, ignoble, impure, low down, mean, mercenary, miserable, miserly …

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  • 10 sordid — ► ADJECTIVE 1) involving ignoble actions and motives. 2) dirty or squalid. DERIVATIVES sordidly adverb sordidness noun. ORIGIN Latin sordidus, from sordere be dirty …

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  • 11 sordid — [sôr′did] adj. [Fr sordide < L sordidus < sordes, filth < IE base * swordo(s) , black, dirty > SWARTHY, Ger schwarz] 1. a) dirty; filthy b) squalid; depressingly wretched 2. c) base; ignoble; mean …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 sordid — [[t]sɔ͟ː(r)dɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone s behaviour as sordid, you mean that it is immoral or dishonest. He sat with his head buried in his hands as his sordid double life was revealed... I don t want to hear the… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 sordid — sor|did [ˈso:dıd US ˈso:r ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: sordidus, from sordes dirt ] 1.) involving immoral or dishonest behaviour sordid business/affair/story etc ▪ The whole sordid affair came out in the press. ▪ She discovered the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 sordid — adjective 1 involving immoral or dishonest behaviour: sordid political motives | sordid details: She revealed all the sordid details of her affair with Pascal. 2 very dirty and unpleasant; squalid (1): a sordid little room at the top of the house …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 sordid — sor|did [ sɔrdıd ] adjective 1. ) immoral, dishonest, or unpleasant: I don t want to know all the sordid details. a sordid secret/story/affair 2. ) dirty and ugly: a run down apartment on a sordid street …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 sordid — UK [ˈsɔː(r)dɪd] / US [ˈsɔrdɪd] adjective 1) immoral, dishonest, or unpleasant I don t want to know all the sordid details. a sordid secret/story/affair 2) dirty and ugly a shabby boarding house in a sordid street …

    English dictionary

  • 17 sordid — sordidly, adv. sordidness, n. /sawr did/, adj. 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. [1590 1600; < L sordidus …

    Universalium

  • 18 sordid — adjective 1) a sordid love affair Syn: sleazy, dirty, seedy, seamy, unsavory, tawdry, cheap, debased, degenerate, dishonorable, disreputable, discreditable, contemptible, ignominious, shameful, abhorrent …

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  • 19 sordid — adjective Etymology: Latin sordidus, from sordes dirt more at swart Date: 1606 1. marked by baseness or grossness ; vile < sordid motives > 2. a. dirty, filthy b. wretched, squalid …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 sordid — See morbid. See morbid, sordid …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions