- The definition of sordid is something dirty, squalid or morally distasteful.
- When someone is living in a filthy apartment with bugs everywhere, this is an example of living in sordid conditions.
- A morally objectionable pornographic film is an example of a sordid film.
sordid definition by Webster's New World
- dirty; filthy
- squalid; depressingly wretched
- base; ignoble; mean
- mercenary, avaricious, grasping, or meanly selfish
Origin: French sordide ; from Classical Latin sordidus ; from sordes, filth ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swordo(s)-, black, dirty from source swarthy, German schwarz
sordid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Filthy or dirty; foul.
- Depressingly squalid; wretched: sordid shantytowns.
- Morally degraded: “The sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils” (James Joyce). See Synonyms at mean2.
- Exceedingly mercenary; grasping.
Origin: Middle English sordide, festering, purulent, from Latin sordidus, dirty, from sordēre, to be dirty.
- sorˈdid·ly adverb
- sorˈdid·ness noun