sordid
[ sawr-did ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; From French sordide or Latin sordidus, from sordere, "be dirty." The current senses date from the early 17th century.
Synonyms
    1.
  • vile nasty
    2.
  • vile sleazy shameful disreputable
Antonyms
    1.
  • clean decent
    2.
  • reputable respectable honorable
Definition
1. squalid; wretchedly poor and run-down
2. morally ignoble or base; vile
Examples
1. A) The sordid street was covered in litter and broken vehicles. B) The neglect left the manor a sordid building, squatting on its unkempt lawn.
2. A) Their sordid methods of discovering the truth might have been effective but they kept others at arm's length. B) A fair number of people avoid politics because they find it too sordid, and they have a point.
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