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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.
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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
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[ˈsɔːdɪdnɪs] Nsordidez f, lo miserable
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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
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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 ?
Out of all this sordidness and mystery there remained at least something in life for him to do.
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.
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.
He gazed across the monstrous sordidness of soul to a chromo on the wall.
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.
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.
No room here for all the sordidness, meanness, and viciousness that filled the dirty pool of city existence.
He sees through them, and all that he sees is their frailty, their meagreness, their sordidness, their pitifulness.
1932--their mistakes and ignorance, their doubts and fears and misapprehensions, their ethical delusions, their violent passions, their inconceivable sordidness and selfishness.
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.