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squalid

[ skwol-id, skwaw-lid ]
/ ˈskwɒl ɪd, ˈskwɔ lɪd /
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adjective

foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy.
wretched; miserable; degraded; sordid.

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Origin of squalid

1585–95; <Latin squālidus dirty, equivalent to squāl(ēre) to be dirty, encrusted + -idus-id4

synonym study for squalid

1. See dirty.

OTHER WORDS FROM squalid

squal·id·ly, adverbsqual·id·ness, squa·lid·i·ty [skwo-lid-i-tee], /skwɒˈlɪd ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squalid

squalid
/ (ˈskwɒlɪd) /

adjective

dirty and repulsive, esp as a result of neglect or poverty
sordid

Derived forms of squalid

squalidity (skwɒˈlɪdɪtɪ) or squalidness, nounsqualidly, adverb

Word Origin for squalid

C16: from Latin squālidus, from squālēre to be stiff with dirt
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