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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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