sordid 1580s, "festering," from L. sordidus "dirty," from sordere "be dirty, be shabby," related to sordes "dirt," from PIE root *swordo- "black, dirty" (Cf. Goth. swarts, O.E. sweart "black"). Sense of "foul, low, mean" first recorded 1610s.

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  • 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.] [1913 Webster] A sordid god; down from his hoary chin A length of beard descends, uncombed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sordid — SORDÍD, Ă, sordizi, de, adj. (Livr (livresc).) Murdar; dezgustător. ♦ fig. Interesat în mod exagerat; meschin. – Din fr. sordide, lat. sordidus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  sordíd adj. m., pl …   Dicționar Român

  • Sordid — (v. lat.), 1) schmutzig, unflätig; 2) gemein, geizig; daher Sordidität, Unflätigkeit, Gemeinheit, Niederträchtigkeit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sordīd — (lat.), schmutzig, unflätig, geizig; Sordidität, schmutziges Wesen, Geiz …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sordid — Sordid, vom lat. sordidus, schmutzig; niederträchtig; S.ät, Schmutz; Gemeinheit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • sordid — I adjective abiectus, abject, abominable, base, corrupt, debased, decayed, defiled, degraded, deteriorated, dilapidated, disgusting, foul, fouled, fulsome, fusty, grimy, gruesome, inliberalis, mucky, odious, repellent, slatternly, slovenly,… …   Law dictionary

  • sordid — *mean, ignoble, abject Analogous words: *mercenary, venal: squalid, foul, filthy, nasty, *dirty: *contemptible, despicable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sordid — [adj] dirty, bad, low abject, avaricious, base, black, calculated, corrupt, covetous, debauched, degenerate, degraded, despicable, disreputable, dowdy, filthy, foul, grasping, grubby, ignoble, impure, low down, mean, mercenary, miserable, miserly …   New thesaurus

  • sordid — ► ADJECTIVE 1) involving ignoble actions and motives. 2) dirty or squalid. DERIVATIVES sordidly adverb sordidness noun. ORIGIN Latin sordidus, from sordere be dirty …   English terms dictionary

  • sordid — [sôr′did] adj. [Fr sordide < L sordidus < sordes, filth < IE base * swordo(s) , black, dirty > SWARTHY, Ger schwarz] 1. a) dirty; filthy b) squalid; depressingly wretched 2. c) base; ignoble; mean …   English World dictionary

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