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squalid (adj.)

1590s, from French squalide and directly from Latin squalidus "rough, coated with dirt, filthy," related to squales "filth," squalus "filthy," squalare "be covered with a rough, stiff layer, be coated with dirt, be filthy," of uncertain origin. Related: Squalidly; squalidness; squalidity.

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Definitions of squalid from WordNet

squalid (adj.)
foul and run-down and repulsive;
a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town
squalid living conditions
Synonyms: flyblown / sordid
squalid (adj.)
morally degraded; "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
Synonyms: seamy / seedy / sleazy / sordid
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