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sordid
used in The House of the Seven Gables

8 uses
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Definition
morally degraded; or foul and repulsive
  • The sordid stain of that copper coin could never be washed away from her palm.
    Chapter 3 — The First Customer (67% in)
  • So—with many a cold, deep heart-quake at the idea of at last coming into sordid contact with the world, from which she had so long kept aloof, while every added day of seclusion had rolled another stone against the cavern door of her hermitage—the poor thing bethought herself of the ancient shop-window, the rusty scales, and dusty till.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (79% in)
  • What is called poetic insight is the gift of discerning, in this sphere of strangely mingled elements, the beauty and the majesty which are compelled to assume a garb so sordid.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (**% in)
  • The sordid and ugly luxuriance of gigantic weeds that grew in the angle of the house, and the heavy projection that overshadowed her, and the time-worn framework of the door,—none of these things belonged to her sphere.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (92% in)
  • Phoebe laughed, as she summed up her aggregate of sales upon the slate; while Hepzibah, first drawing on a pair of silk gloves, reckoned over the sordid accumulation of copper coin, not without silver intermixed, that had jingled into the till.
    Chapter 5 — May and November (75% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (30% in)
  • —its dark, low-studded rooms—its grime and sordidness, which are the crystallization on its walls of the human breath, that has been drawn and exhaled here in discontent and anguish?
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (83% in)
  • The commonplace characteristics—which, at noontide, it seemed to have taken a century of sordid life to accumulate—were now transfigured by a charm of romance.
    Chapter 14 — Phoebe's Good-Bye (20% in)

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