Origin of sordid
Examples from the Web for sordid
The U.K. tabloids, as is their wont, have branded her “shameless,” “sordid,” and “the scourge of society.”The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians|Marlow Stern|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their relationship was messy and sordid and full of lies and jealousy and betrayal and backstabbing.How to Get Away With Gayness: Shonda Rhimes Kills TV’s Sex Stereotypes|Kevin Fallon|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sordid story of a female co-founder stripped of her title because she was harassed.
But the sordid tale now runs far deeper still and has already begun jeopardizing lives in Cuba, Mexico, and Miami.MLB’s Next Headache: Cartels, Gangsters, and Their Cuban Superstars|Peter C. Bjarkman|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, there were those trying to end this sordid special relationship.
It was not an easy business to let any glimmer of spiritual light in upon the darkness of that sordid mind.Fenton's Quest|M. E. Braddon
Does that look as if I tried to hoax the world for sordid gain, as my enemies would like the public to believe?My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
As their homes by neglect have grown shabby and squalid, so their industry has become calculating and sordid.Change in the Village|(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
And your babies are the most irresistible angels that ever came to bless and—enliven—a sordid world.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
What did it matter what other men, estimating him by their own sordid standards, said of him?The Unspeakable Perk|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Word Origin for sordid
early 15c., "festering," from Latin sordidus "dirty, filthy, foul, vile, mean, base," from sordere "be dirty, be shabby," related to sordes "dirt, filth," from PIE *swrd-e-, from root *swordo- "black, dirty" (cf. Old English sweart "black"). Sense of "foul, low, mean" first recorded 1610s. Related: Sordidly; sordidness.