Adjective "Sordid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Involving immoral or dishonourable actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt.
  1. 'Fortunately for him, he will not be contemplating his sad and sordid crime from the inside of a prison cell.'
  2. 'The second half of the film becomes darker and more convoluted as Almodóvar attempts to emulate film noir conventions and the film degenerates into sordid melodrama.'
  3. 'It is about the sordid deeds people's abject ambitions ultimately lead to.'
  4. 'This story is sordid and shameful, and everyone who was involved in producing it should be ashamed of themselves.'
  5. 'They say that every picture tells a story, and I'd say this picture tells a sordid one.'
  6. 'After the fall of communism, part of the peace dividend that the free world enjoyed was the moral relief of being able to withdraw from such sordid partnerships.'
  7. 'Despite this sordid picture, the leadership of DC 37 voted last week against direct elections by the members of top union officers.'
  8. 'But rather, you should introduce some fair and noble impression to replace it, and banish this base and sordid one.'
  9. 'Bianchi is at his best when he delivers his seedy, sordid lyrics in a blank, innocent voice.'
  10. 'The bodybuilding lifestyle as portrayed by these publications is sordid and distasteful.'
Dirty or squalid.
  1. 'At present you spend your lives in sordid labour, your abode in filthy slums; your children hunger and your masters say your slavery must endure forever.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"details can be sordid."

"affairs can be sordid."

"tales can be sordid."

"sides can be sordid."

"squabbles can be sordid."

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Late Middle English (as a medical term in the sense ‘purulent’): from French sordide or Latin sordidus, from sordere ‘be dirty’. The current senses date from the early 17th century.