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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sordid mean? 

SORDID (adjective)
  The adjective SORDID has 4 senses:

1. morally degraded
2. unethical or dishonest
3. foul and run-down and repulsive
4. meanly avaricious and mercenary

  Familiarity information: SORDID used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SORDID (adjective)

Sense 1sordid [BACK TO TOP]


Morally degraded


sordid; squalid; seamy; sleazy; seedy

Context examples:

a seedy district / the seamy side of life / sleazy characters hanging around casinos / sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls / the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils / the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal


disreputable (lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance)

Sense 2sordid [BACK TO TOP]


Unethical or dishonest


sordid; dirty

Context examples:

dirty police officers / a sordid political campaign


corrupt (lacking in integrity)

Sense 3sordid [BACK TO TOP]


Foul and run-down and repulsive


flyblown; squalid; sordid

Context examples:

a flyblown bar on the edge of town / a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town / squalid living conditions / sordid shantytowns


dirty; soiled; unclean (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime)

Sense 4sordid [BACK TO TOP]


Meanly avaricious and mercenary

Context examples:

sordid avarice / sordid material interests


acquisitive (eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas)

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