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Related to sordidness: quarrelsome, imposing, sedulously


1. Morally degraded: "The sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils" (James Joyce). See Synonyms at base2.
a. Dirty or filthy: sordid clothing.
b. Squalid or wretched: a sordid tenement.

[Middle English sordide, festering, purulent, from Latin sordidus, dirty, from sordēre, to be dirty.]

sor′did·ly adv.
sor′did·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sordidness - sordid dirtiness
dirtiness, uncleanness - the state of being unsanitary
2.sordidness - unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher valuessordidness - unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
unworthiness - the quality or state of lacking merit or value
قَذارَه، دناءَه
sóîaskapur; auîvirîileiki


[ˈsɔːdɪdnɪs] Nsordidez f, lo miserable


nEkligkeit f; (of place, room also)Verkommenheit f; (of motive)Schmutzigkeit f, → Niedrigkeit f, → Gemeinheit f; (of conditions, life, story)Elend nt, → Erbärmlichkeit f; (of crime)Gemeinheit f; (of affair)Schmutzigkeit f


(ˈsoːdid) adjective
1. (of a place etc) dirty, mean and poor. a very sordid neighbourhood.
2. (of a person's behaviour etc) showing low standards or ideals etc; not very pleasant or admirable. The whole affair was rather sordid.
ˈsordidly adverb
ˈsordidness noun
References in classic literature ?
The grime and sordidness of the House of the Seven Gables seemed to have vanished since her appearance there; the gnawing tooth of the dry-rot was stayed among the old timbers of its skeleton frame; the dust had ceased to settle down so densely, from the antique ceilings, upon the floors and furniture of the rooms below,--or, at any rate, there was a little housewife, as light-footed as the breeze that sweeps a garden walk, gliding hither and thither to brush it all away.
The permanent constitutional condition of the manufactured man, thought Ahab, is sordidness.
Still, I have seen ships issue from certain docks like half-dead prisoners from a dungeon, bedraggled, overcome, wholly disguised in dirt, and with their men rolling white eyeballs in black and worried faces raised to a heaven which, in its smoky and soiled aspect, seemed to reflect the sordidness of the earth below.
Oh, you self-satisfied persons who, in your unctuous pride, are forever ready to mouth your maxims--if only you knew how fully I myself comprehend the sordidness of my present state, you would not trouble to wag your tongues at me
Rose had always believed love a breath of beauty that would hold its purity even in a hovel, but she had not been prepared for the sordidness that seemed to envelop her as she crossed the threshold of the first home of her married life.
He knew some who had dragged along for twenty years in the pursuit of a fame which always escaped them till they sunk into sordidness and alcoholism.
If you don't tell him he will never notice, and I simply couldn't think of him living in the terrible squalor and sordidness which Mr.
The infinite dreariness and sordidness of their life oppressed him in spite of his fundamental belief that, as a family, they were somehow remarkable.
Doubtless they were sordid; and for the majority, who are not lofty, there is no escape from sordidness but by being free from money-craving, with all its base hopes and temptations, its watching for death, its hinted requests.
No room here for all the sordidness, meanness, and viciousness that filled the dirty pool of city existence.
He gazed across the monstrous sordidness of soul to a chromo on the wall.
In an environment made up largely of sordidness and wretchedness they had kept themselves unsullied and wholesome.