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3 definitions found
 for sordid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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              A sordid god; down from his hoary chin
              A length of beard descends, uncombed, unclean.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. Vile; base; gross; mean; as, vulgar, sordid mortals. "To
        scorn the sordid world." --Milton.
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     3. Meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly.
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              He may be old,
              And yet sordid, who refuses gold.     --Sir J.
                                                    Denham.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  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,
             sordid, squalid]
      2: unethical or dishonest; "dirty police officers"; "a sordid
         political campaign" [syn: dirty, sordid]
      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, sordid]
      4: meanly avaricious and mercenary; "sordid avarice"; "sordid
         material interests"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  206 Moby Thesaurus words for "sordid":
     a hog for, abased, abominable, acquisitive, all-devouring, arrant,
     atrocious, avaricious, avid, awful, base, beastly, beat-up,
     bedraggled, beneath contempt, black, blameworthy, blowsy, blowzy,
     bottomless, brutal, careless, chintzy, contemptible, corrupt,
     coveting, covetous, debased, defiled, degraded, deplorable,
     derogatory, despicable, deteriorated, detestable, devouring,
     dilapidated, dingy, dire, dirty, discreditable, disgusting,
     dishonorable, disreputable, dowdy, down-and-out, drabbletailed,
     draggled, draggletailed, dreadful, egregious, enormous, esurient,
     execrable, feculent, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul, frowsy, frowzy,
     frumpish, frumpy, fulsome, gluttonous, gobbling, grabby, grasping,
     greedy, grievous, gross, grubby, grudging, hateful, heinous,
     hoggish, horrible, horrid, ignoble, ignominious, impoverished,
     impure, in rags, infamous, informal, inglorious, insanitary,
     insatiable, insatiate, lamentable, limitless, loathsome, loose,
     lousy, low, low-down, lumpen, maggoty, mean, mercenary, messy,
     mingy, miserable, miserly, money-hungry, money-mad, monstrous,
     mucky, mussy, nasty, nefarious, negligent, niggard, niggardly,
     noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, omnivorous,
     outrageous, overgreedy, parsimonious, penurious, piggish,
     pinchpenny, pitiable, pitiful, poky, polluted, poor,
     poverty-stricken, putrid, quenchless, ragged, raggedy, ramshackle,
     rank, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, regrettable, reprehensible,
     repulsive, rotten, ruinous, sad, scandalous, schlock, scraggly,
     scurvy, seamy, seedy, selfish, servile, shabby, shady, shameful,
     shocking, shoddy, slack, slakeless, slattern, slatternly, sleazy,
     slimy, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, slumlike, slummy, sluttish,
     sodden, squalid, stingy, swinish, tacky, tattered, terrible,
     too bad, tumbledown, unappeasable, unappeased, unclean, uncleanly,
     unkempt, unneat, unpraiseworthy, unquenchable, unrespectable,
     unsanitary, unsated, unsatisfied, unsavory, unsightly, unslakeable,
     unslaked, untidy, venal, vile, villainous, voracious, woeful,
     worst, worthless, wretched
  
  

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