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Definition morally degraded; or foul and repulsive
  • I guess it's to protect our frail ladies from sordid cases like Tom's.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
sordid = morally degraded
  • Then, after I'd thought a bit longer, I rang Patrick and asked him how much he had got for his sordid little tip.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I talked about Aunt J, confessed her sordid secrets about our father.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Another ill effect of the exclusion would be the temptation to sordid views, to peculation, and, in some instances, to usurpation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He had had a sordid reputation; his family had abandoned him.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He killed a man cold-bloodedly, in pursuance of some sordid vendetta in the underworld of prostitutes and pimps.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • As I stood there the sordid implications of politics flashed through my mind.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • She always felt uneasy driving past this dirty, sordid cluster of discarded army tents and slave cabins.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Mammachi wrote to him regularly, with detailed descriptions of her sordid squabbles with her husband and her worries about Ammu's future.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Then they ran down sordid Wilford Road.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • This, as Elizabeth later considered it, was the first in the sordid series of mistakes which was to cause her to fall so low.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • She said: "That life story of the Bronx housewife who murdered her husband's young mistress is pretty sordid, Gail.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For some reason or other you have got it into your head that I know something about this sordid business-this murder of a man I never saw before.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The whole of this sordid abode was dimly lighted by an evil-smelling oil-lamp, which hung from the rickety rafters of the ceiling.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It is the sordid cares of the lowly born that do these things.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Sophie Neveu seemed far too solid of character to be mixed up in something that sordid.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He has the terrible grotesque air, in confessing his sordid baseness, of one who gives an excuse which exonerates him from any real guilt.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • ROS: Well, really-I mean, people want to be entertained-they don't come expecting sordid and gratuitous filth.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The sordid legend suddenly came back ....
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It's a sordid, selfish world, and I wish I was out of it."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson

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