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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.
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Adv.1.sordidly - in a sordid or squalid way
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بِخِسَّه، بِدَناءَه
sóîalega; ósiîlega


[ˈsɔːdɪdlɪ] ADVsórdidamente
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[ˈsɔːdɪdlɪ] adv (see adj) → sordidamente, meschinamente
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
What he said seemed so simple and so easy, so sure of success, that none could be so sordidly attached to this earth as to hesitate to follow the three travelers on their lunar expedition.
Theatrical society, rather than the theatre, has made the lives of actors as we see them in these volumes, in many cases so tragic, even sordidly tragic.
I owe it to myself, that I, a friendless, portionless, girl, with a blight upon my name, should not give your friends reason to suspect that I had sordidly yielded to your first passion, and fastened myself, a clog, on all your hopes and projects.
He had come - putting the thing pompously - to look at his "property," which he had thus for a third of a century not been within four thousand miles of; or, expressing it less sordidly, he had yielded to the humour of seeing again his house on the jolly corner, as he usually, and quite fondly, described it - the one in which he had first seen the light, in which various members of his family had lived and had died, in which the holidays of his overschooled boyhood had been passed and the few social flowers of his chilled adolescence gathered, and which, alienated then for so long a period, had, through the successive deaths of his two brothers and the termination of old arrangements, come wholly into his hands.
The hunters were laughing at a fresh story of Smoke's; the men pulling and hauling, and two of them climbing aloft; Wolf Larsen was studying the clouding sky to windward; and the dead man, dying obscenely, buried sordidly, and sinking down, down--
To come into possession of my father's money, and with it sordidly to buy a beautiful creature whom I love--I cannot help it; reason has nothing to do with it; I love her against reason--but who would as soon love me for my own sake, as she would love the beggar at the corner.
Everyone in Edinburgh knows that the city's annual August festival is a strange beast; vast, varied, and with faces that range from the gorgeous and thrilling, to the sordidly exploitative.
June 12, 1993, remains an indelible watershed in the country's checkered democratic history, if not for anything, but for the collective manner Nigerians, regardless of primordial cleavages and politically-invented animosities, spoke out with one voice in their collective determination to put an end to the massive mess they were sordidly enmeshed in, consequent to several years of khaki misrule; an evergreen date when Nigerians united to chart a new course for their country's future development.
It has been fiercest in intervening in, and tearing into Dr Ruto, in Kenya's most primitively manufactured and most sordidly executed public fight ever between President and Deputy.However, ODM, while effectively executing President Uhuru Kenyatta's dirty work on the DP, must renew itself with strategies for winning in 2022.
Sordidly famous people only come to Cyprus if they really have to on the way to somewhere better or are bribed to stay for a few hours as a publicity stunt.
The Burlington Greens had shattered sordidly. After the collapse of the USSR, the revolutionary Left, to which Murray had devoted his life, all but evaporated, and what remained was ideologically regressive.
"Some threads of the story are semi-bizarre, others quite sordidly realistic.