seamy

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seam·y

 (sē′mē)
adj. seam·i·er, seam·i·est
1. Sordid; base: "seamy tales of aberrant sexual practices, messy divorces, drug addiction, mental instability, and suicide attempts" (Barbara Goldsmith).
2. Having, marked with, or showing a seam.

seam′i·ness n.

seamy

(ˈsiːmɪ)
adj, seamier or seamiest
1. showing the least pleasant aspect; sordid
2. (esp of the inner side of a garment) showing many seams
ˈseaminess n

seam•y

(ˈsi mi)

adj. seam•i•er, seam•i•est.
1. sordid; low; disagreeable: the seamy side of life.
2. having or showing a seam, esp. the seam of the inside of a garment.
[1595–1605]
seam′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.seamy - showing a seam
seamed - having or joined by a seam or seams
2.seamy - morally degraded; "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"
disreputable - lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance

seamy

adjective sordid, unpleasant, squalid, low, dark, rough, nasty, corrupt, degraded, disagreeable, disreputable, unwholesome, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.) the seamier side of life
Translations

seamy

[ˈsiːmɪ] ADJ (seamier (compar) (seamiest (superl))) → sórdido, insalubre
the seamy side (fig) → el revés de la medalla

seamy

[ˈsiːmi] adj (= seedy) [+ area, place] → mal famé(e)
the seamy side of sth → le côté sordide de qch
the seamy side of life → le côté sordide de la vie

seamy

adj (+er) club, bar, personheruntergekommen; story, area, pastzwielichtig; events, detailsschmutzig; the seamy side of lifedie Schattenseite des Lebens

seamy

[ˈsiːmɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) (district) → malfamato/a
the seamy side of life → gli aspetti più squallidi della vita
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His stiff stage deportment robbed the character of his seaminess, especially in a staging that offered every opportunity for him to emerge as the worst kind of predator.
But the unfortunate reality for the country is that Hillary Clinton might offer Nixon's weaknesses without his strengths: All the seaminess and paranoia, but none of the actual achievements.
The film seeks to convey the seaminess of local TV news, summed up by the phrase "If it bleeds, it leads.'' The thing is: We already knew this.
Late in the play, as he "negotiates] for an advantage" (65) with August, Kip volunteers how, as he was growing up in Toronto, he escaped the unwanted sexual attentions of the clients he massaged in the bathhouse owned by his father, an establishment notorious for its sexual seaminess: "I laughed and said I was busy" (65).
This was natural enough in a young man who sought excitement as young men are apt to do, but Epstein matured and came to understand that authenticity is not coterminous with seaminess. A Bach cantata is no less authentic than a barroom brawl; and he grew out of his attraction to life at the bottom of the urban pond when, at university, he realized that there were finer things in life.