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sordid adj
1 morally degraded; "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" [syn: seamy, seedy, sleazy, squalid]
2 unethical or dishonest; "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign" [syn: dirty]
3 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" [syn: flyblown, squalid]
4 meanly avaricious and mercenary; "sordid avarice"; "sordid material interests"

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Latin sordidus, from sordere (“be dirty”).


  1. Dirty or squalid.
  2. Morally degrading.
  3. Grasping.

Related terms


dirty or squalid
  • Hungarian: piszkos, szennyes
morally degrading
  • Hungarian: hitvány, közönséges
  • Hungarian: anyagias, kapzsi, zsugori

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