flyblown vs sordid what difference

what is difference between flyblown and sordid

English

Alternative forms

  • fly-blown

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈflaɪˌbləʊn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈflaɪˌbloʊn/

Adjective

flyblown (comparative more flyblown, superlative most flyblown)

  1. contaminated with flyblows
    • Stinking and fly-blown lies here at our feet.
  2. tainted
  3. sordid, squalid

Related terms

  • blowfly
  • flyblow

Translations



English

Etymology

Latin sordidus, from sordēre (be dirty).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɔː.dɪd/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɔɹdɪd/
  • Homophone: sorted (in some varieties)

Adjective

sordid (comparative sordider, superlative sordidest)

  1. Distasteful, ignoble, vile, or contemptible.
  2. Dirty or squalid.
  3. Morally degrading.
    • 1912, Willa Cather, The Bohemian Girl
      He rode slowly home along the deserted road, watching the stars come out in the clear violet sky. They flashed softly into the limpid heavens, like jewels let fall into clear water. They were a reproach, he felt, to a sordid world.
    • 1994, The Lion King, Be Prepared musical number:
      I know it sounds sordid but you’ll be rewarded, when at last I’ve been given my dues.
    • 2006, John C. Roberts, concurrence and dissent in part in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, 548 U.S. 399 (2006)
      It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.
  4. Grasping; stingy; avaricious.
  5. Of a dull colour.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:greedy, Thesaurus:unclean

Derived terms

  • sordidity
  • sordidly
  • sordidness

Translations

Anagrams

  • ‘droids, disord, dorids, droids

Estonian

Noun

sordid

  1. nominative plural of sort

Romanian

Etymology

From French sordide, from Latin sordidus.

Adjective

sordid m or n (feminine singular sordidă, masculine plural sordizi, feminine and neuter plural sordide)

  1. sordid

Declension


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