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.]
squalid·ness, squa·lidi·ty (skwŏ-lĭdĭ-tē) n.
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