English Synonyms and Antonyms
Avaricious and covetous refer especially to acquisition, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, and penurious to expenditure. The avaricious man has an eager craving for money, and ordinarily desires both to get and to keep, the covetous man to get something away from its possessor; tho one may be made avaricious by the pressure of great expenditures. Miserly and niggardly persons seek to gain by mean and petty savings; the miserly by stinting themselves, the niggardly by stinting others. Parsimonious and penurious may apply to one's outlay either for himself or for others; in the latter use, they are somewhat less harsh and reproachful terms than niggardly. The close man holds like a vise all that he gets. Near and nigh are provincial words of similar import. The rapacious have the robber instinct, and put it in practise in some form, as far as they dare. The avaricious and rapacious are ready to reach out for gain; the parsimonious, miserly, and niggardly prefer the safer and less adventurous way of avoiding expenditure. Greedy and stingy are used not only of money, but often of other things, as food, etc. The greedy child wishes to enjoy everything himself; the stingy child, to keep others from getting it.
The monarch was avaricious of power.
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seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, squalidadjective
"a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"
unethical or dishonest
"dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign"
soiled, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, lousy, dingy, seamy, filthy, squalid, cheating(a), unclean, flyblown, sleazy, pestiferous, marked-up, ill-gotten, seedy, foul, contaminating, dirty, muddy, muddied
flyblown, squalid, sordidadjective
foul and run-down and repulsive
"a flyblown bar on the edge of town"; "a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town"; "squalid living conditions"; "sordid shantytowns"
meanly avaricious and mercenary
"sordid avarice"; "sordid material interests"
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All I can say to them is if they have a sordid past like what I had, they too can receive the cleansing and renewing, and they can start a fresh life and they can be different, they don’t have to remain in their sin, there’s hope for tomorrow.
He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.
Another Boring Love Story She was risky at best. She had a sordid past. She was complicated. She was wild. She had numerous demons. But she had a loving heart. But she had a soft smile. But her tears smelled like morning dew. But she was intelligent and worldly. But she intimidated men. So, I dove in headfirst without a second thought. And wow; she was a demon. The End
The world is too much with us late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powersLittle we see in Nature that is oursWe have given our hearts away, a sordid boon
I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.
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- sòrdidCatalan, Valencian
- schäbig, geizig, dreckig, schmutzigGerman
- دون؛ پستPersian
- saleté, sordide, avideFrench
- hitvány, zsugori, közönséges, piszkos, anyagias, szennyes, kapzsiHungarian
- жадный, корыстный, грязный, низкий, опустившийсяRussian
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