• WordNet 3.6
    • n sordidness unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
    • n sordidness sordid dirtiness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sordidness The quality or state of being sordid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sordidness The state or character of being sordid. Filthiness; foulness.
    • n sordidness Baseness; vileness; depravity.
    • n sordidness Mean, mercenary selfishness or covetousness: as, the sordidness of gambling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sordidness state of being sordid
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  • Publilius Syrus
    “The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sordide—L. sordidussordēre, to be dirty.


In literature:

I am marrying you with a perfectly sordid motive, and you know that, too.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
Would not that be a base and sordid view of its advantages?
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Too often they have proved to be carefully planned beforehand, with some sordid object in view.
"The Doings Of Raffles Haw" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sordid surroundings, ignorance, and overcrowding did the rest.
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Sordid surroundings, ignorance, and overcrowding did the rest.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
You have only been persecuted, in order to oblige you to have a sordid fellow, whom you have professed to hate, and whom every body despises!
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
They are, as usual, of a very sordid type.
"Crabbe, (George)" by Alfred Ainger
She had been spoiled in the making for so sordid an existence.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Is that prejudice founded in nature, or is it the effect of base and sordid interest?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Is that prejudice founded in nature, or is it the effect of base and sordid interest?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

"Though sordid Celia own'd your power,
Think not so monstrous my disgrace is:
You gain'd this nymph—that very hour
I gain'd a score in different places."
"Cupid and Plutus" by William Shenstone
With a smile and a kiss he went away;
At the gate he turned and waved his hand,
Then plunged once more in the sordid fray,
Whose strain she could not understand.
"One More" by John Lawson Stoddard
With scoffs the minstrel crowd replied, Dost thou a harp request!
And loud in mirth, and swelled with pride,
Some his rain-dripping hair deride,
And some his sordid vest.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
The bulls know naught of holiness,
To pious pomp their eyes are blind;
Their brutish brains will never guess
The sordid passions of mankind:
Poor innocents, they wait resigned.
"The Bulls" by Robert W Service
As the soft lyre display'd my wonted loves,
The pensive pleasure and the tender pain,
The sordid Alpheus hurried through my groves,
Yet stopp'd to vent the dictates of disdain.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
Ah, misery! what were then my lot
Amongst a race of unbelievers
Sordid men who all declare
That earthly gain alone is fair,
And they who pore on bardic lore
Deceived deceivers.
"To Poesy" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Desire, arsenic, and people having sordid lives.
If you're a Penn State alum or fan, and feel the need to defend the football program or any of those involved in this sordid affair, you should probably take a vacation.
Push for states' rights has sordid history.
Hitt is considered a man of integrity, and you could hear the hurt in his voice when discussing Tribble 's role in this sordid, stinking mess.
Playwright Del Shores (r) and Wimberley Players Artistic Director John Hood discuss the controversy over the production of Sordid Lives.
The sordid story surrounding the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus continues to grow.
One Ohio county's long, sordid history of selling its votes to the highest bidder .
'Last Days Here' and Pentagram's Sordid Story.
A Beautiful, Sordid Romance from Elk and Boar.
Vivid's Sordid Plans for Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman.
Cliff Robertson and the Sordid Ways of Old Hollywood.
Relive St Paul's Sordid Past on The St Paul Gangster Tour.
One of the more sordid chapters of Columbia County criminal history slammed shut with a pair of surprise guilty pleas on Friday.
For the first time ever, the Wimberley Players are adding a Wednesday preview performance to the typical schedule of four weekends for the upcoming Southern fried comedy, " Sordid Lives," by Del Shores.
Shores created the play-turned-film-turned-series Sordid Lives, which starred Jordan.