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picture / contextual vocabulary for sordidThese are seriously sour-deeds, deeds which are better when avoided!

Sordid represents that kind of vileness and filth we are all afraid of. If we draw a mental picture of it, sordid tales are the ones that are featured in newspapers all the times. There are days when you pick up the newspaper and your are like: what the ****, is this all the world has come too? Murders, rape cases, scams, accidents and crashes: well, we can safely say that kind of news in that quantum is sordid in nature.

Pronunciation:  sawr-did


1) Meanly selfish or mercenary
2) Dirty or filthy
3) Wretchedly poor or run down
4) Morally ignoble (low character)

Mnemonic tip to learn the word:

To learn sordid we could divide the word in to two – “sour-deed” (a deed which is unacceptable, dirty and possibly selfish.)  Sordid mostly used for people with sleazy characters who lack the element of morality. When the word sordid is spoken one should be immediately reminded of the people in hanging around in casinos at all times.

Another Mnemonic for Sordid: SORRY DEEDS. These are the deeds that once committed make you feel sorry.

Usage examples:

1) The housing in the slum was sordid (adjective).
2) His methods of achieving success are sordid (adjective).
3) The food looked so sordid eating it was unthinkable (adjective).
4) The sordid details of her sin shocked everyone (adjective).
5) Being ashamed of his sordid childhood he often invented stories when asked the truth (adjective).

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