(Latin: sordidus, dirty, foul, filthy, squalid; dirt, filth; related to sordes, "dirt")

sordes (pl) (noun)
Filthy, useless, or rejected deposits of any kind, specifically in medicine: Sordes can be described as the foul matter that collects on the teeth and tongue and consists of food, microorganisms, and epithelial elements.

Sordes can occur in low fevers and other conditions attended with great vital depression.

Sordes can be a dark brown or blackish crust-like collection on the lips, teeth, and gums of a person with dehydration associated with a chronic debilitating disease.

sordes gastrica (s) (noun), sordes gastricae (pl)
Foul material accumulating in the stomach: Sordes gastrica consists of a mixture of food, epithelial matter (membranous tissue covering internal organs and other internal surfaces of the body), and microorganisms.
sordid (adjective), more sordid, most sordid
1. Demonstrating the worst aspects of human nature, such as, immorality, selfishness, and greed: The head of the gang operated a sordid entertainment complex where he encouraged people to gamble and lose their money and reputations.
2. Squalid, dirty, filthy, and depressing: Despite growing up in a sordid and poor neighborhood, the young woman went to school and became a teacher.
3. Morally ignoble or base; vile; used figuratively to mean immoral or dishonest: The evil man used sordid methods to entice new immigrants to work for him, but unfortunately he exploited or took advantage of them.
4. Meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary: The sordid ambitions of Brent Kent's business resulted in his exploiting the needs of the underpaid workers.
5. Referring to a dull, dirty, or muddy hue: Sailing down the river, Jason could hardly believe how sordid and polluted the water looked.
6. Etymology: from Latin sordes, "dirt."
Despicable, vile, and filthy.
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sordidly (adverb), more sordidly, most sordidly
1. Regarding how something or someone is portrayed in a squalid, baser, vile or gross way or manner: The gang didn't mind sordidly cheating and stealing money from people when they were shopping.

The protagonist in the novel was described as a sordidly Jewish figure, with a very low moral standing.
2. Concerning how something is of a dull or muddy color. The stream just outside the residential area had a sordidly mucky hue and evidentially very polluted.

sordidness (s) (noun), sordidnesses (pl)
Unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values; baseness, contemptibility: The children moved out of their home as soon as possible because of the sordidness and despicableness of their parents lives.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; geo-; glob-; lut-; myso-; pedo-; pel-; rhyp-; soil-; terr-.