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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: sordidus, from sordes 'dirt'

sordid

adjective
     
sor‧did
1 involving immoral or dishonest behaviour
sordid business/affair/story etc
The whole sordid affair came out in the press.
She discovered the truth about his sordid past.
I want to hear all the sordid details!
2 very dirty and unpleasant [= squalid]:
a sordid little room

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