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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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Adv.1.squalidly - in a sordid or squalid way


adv livein elenden or erbärmlichen Verhältnissen; behave, treat sbgemein, niederträchtig
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Another example of us being squalidly betrayed was, and is, the use of our fishery protection vessels (if any left) persecuting our fishermen for trying to make a living in what was our fishing grounds.
We owe it to her memory - and to each of the Moors Murderers' victims - to keep Brady wretchedly and squalidly alive so that we can sate our thirst for something that might not be noble but is utterly justified.
Within months the alleged leaders of the Borneo Communist Party had been eliminated, one tortured to death in custody, another squalidly murdered in the jungle.
Like Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" a few years back, "Rust and Bone" blends Dardeunes-esque naturalism--handheld cameras; raw, tempestuous performances; squalidly realistic production design--with more conventional plotting and compositions.
In a notably even-handed gesture, Eagleton notes: "Apart from the signal instance of Stalinism, it is hard to think of a historical movement that has more squalidly betrayed its own revolutionary origins.