- foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy.
- wretched; miserable; degraded; sordid.
Origin of squalid
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Examples from the Web for squalid
His actions were cruel and vicious—and also squalid and contemptible.An ISIS Killer in His Own Awful Words
September 3, 2014
So Mandela was painfully slow in denouncing the squalid dictatorship of Robert Mugabe.Nelson Mandela Was Undeniably Great But He Doesn’t Need a Halo
December 6, 2013
But the message belies the squalid reality of Sri Lanka under his rule.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s Reign of Terror
November 15, 2013
Much of the communities swallowed by the expansion of the city and the construction of the Bois de Boulogne are squalid.Charles Marville Captures the Rebirth of 1800s Paris in New Exhibition
November 13, 2013
Thousands lost their homes and were resettled in squalid temporary camps.Why Does Aung San Suu Kyi Not Speak Up?
July 1, 2013
It was a squalid hovel, and reeked of the earth out of which it was dug.The Night Riders
Thus the use of commodity, regarded by itself, is mean and squalid.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I couldn't afford to die like a rat in a squalid hole like that.
Most of it is turgid, lumpy, fuzzy in texture, squalid in intellect.Pipefuls
Staying hidden in that squalid room had made him wretched and homesick.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
- dirty and repulsive, esp as a result of neglect or poverty
Word Origin and History for squalid
1590s, from Middle French squalide, from Latin squalidus "rough, coated with dirt, filthy," related to squales "filth," squalus "filthy," squalare "be covered with a rough, scaly layer, be coated with dirt, be filthy," of uncertain origin.