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.]
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