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1. Dirty or deteriorated, especially from poverty or lack of care. See Synonyms at dirty.
2. Morally repulsive; sordid: "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue, betrayal, and counterbetrayal" (W. Bruce Lincoln).

[Latin squālidus, from squālēre, to be filthy, from squālus, filthy.]

squal′id·ly adv.
squal′id·ness, squa·lid′i·ty (skwŏ-lĭd′ĭ-tē) n.
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In the wake of the Pompidou Centre's facelift, the museum has acquired a new roof-top caf[acute{e}]/restaurant u not before time, for the views over the city from the sixth floor by no means compensated for the unspeakable squalidity of the previous establishment.
The academic who realizes that the love-letters in his desk were read by his sabbatical replacement; the hostess who gives a guest a dirty napkin, which reveals the hidden squalidity of the household; the contemporary Casanova who goes to great length to persuade someone to sleep with him, only to find in the moment of his success the failure of a temporary impotence.