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But he had not done so, and she was glad he could be restrained and deliberate in that "breedy" sort of way.

It had grown much too cold to do without some sort of artificial covering.

She came down to breakfast singing the words in a sort of ecstasy.

Except for a very few words we do not know what sort of tongue it was.

There is no passion in your veins; it is only a sort of sympathetic selfishness.

Again came the cry, more gently, ending in a sort of sobbing monologue.

The reasons for our apprehensions of this sort are not over.

Those fellows downstairs think that I'm a sort of bad hombre.

After a sort of shyness in the recognition, he turns back with them.

There was a sort of breathless touch in the air of the room.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French sorte "class, kind," from Latin sortem (nominative sors) "lot; fate, destiny; share, portion; rank, category; sex, class, oracular response, prophecy," from PIE root *ser- (3) "to line up" (cf. Latin serere "to arrange, attach, join;" see series). The sense evolution in Vulgar Latin is from "what is allotted to one by fate," to "fortune, condition," to "rank, class, order." Out of sorts "not in usual good condition" is attested from 1620s, with literal sense of "out of stock."

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