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squalid

adjective squal·id \ˈskwä-ləd\

: very dirty and unpleasant

: immoral or dishonest

Full Definition of SQUALID

1
:  marked by filthiness and degradation from neglect or poverty
2
:  sordid
squal·id·ly adverb
squal·id·ness noun
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Examples of SQUALID

  1. The family lived in squalid conditions.

Origin of SQUALID

Latin squalidus rough, dirty, from squalēre to be covered with scales or dirt, from squalus dirty; perhaps akin to Latin squama scale
First Known Use: 1596

Synonym Discussion of SQUALID

dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it <a dirty littered street>. filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears <a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy>. foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking <a foul-smelling open sewer>. nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness <it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat>. In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable <had a nasty fall> <his answer gave her a nasty shock>. squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect <squalid slums>. All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness <don't ask me to do your dirty work>, while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior <filthy street language> <a foul story of lust and greed>, and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness <a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor>. Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness <engaged in a series of squalid affairs>.

Rhymes with SQUALID

ER/-EST Defined for Kids

squalid

adjective squal·id \ˈskwä-ləd\

Definition of SQUALID for Kids

:  filthy or degraded from a lack of care or money <They lived in squalid conditions.>

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