Definition of sordid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɔːdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɔːrdɪd//
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  1. 1immoral or dishonest It was a shock to discover the truth about his sordid past. I didn't want to hear the sordid details of their relationship. I don’t care about you and your sordid little affairs! See related entries: Immoral
  2. 2very dirty and unpleasant synonym squalid people living in sordid conditions These were the urban poor, living in the sordid back streets and alleys of prosperous Victorian cities.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a medical term in the sense ‘producing pus’): from French sordide or Latin sordidus, from sordere ‘be dirty’. The current senses date from the early 17th cent.
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