Origin of squalid
Examples from the Web for squalid
His actions were cruel and vicious—and also squalid and contemptible.
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|Michael Moynihan|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the message belies the squalid reality of Sri Lanka under his rule.
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|William O’Connor|November 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thousands lost their homes and were resettled in squalid temporary camps.
As their homes by neglect have grown shabby and squalid, so their industry has become calculating and sordid.Change in the Village|(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Whatever they might be, they surely were hunger-stricken and squalid.The Light of Western Stars|Zane Grey
But the villages were poor and squalid, and the houses mere hovels of mud.
Despite the squalid clothes of the peasants, there are many picturesque aspects of rural life.Spanish Life in Town and Country|L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
It is impossible to associate respectability, to say nothing of fashion, with this evil-smelling, squalid thoroughfare.The Book-Hunter in London|William Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for squalid
Word Origin for squalid
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.