squalid

adjective
squal·​id | \ˈskwä-ləd \

Definition of squalid 

1 : marked by filthiness and degradation from neglect or poverty

2 : sordid

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Other Words from squalid

squalidly adverb
squalidness noun

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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

Examples of squalid in a Sentence

The family lived in squalid conditions.

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For years many of those residents of Bama lived in squalid camps or other temporary housing as clashes between fighters and the military destroyed their town. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018 About 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled since last August, when Myanmar's army led a brutal crackdown following insurgent attacks on security posts, and are living in squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh. Fox News, "UN agencies agree to help return of Rohingya to Myanmar," 1 June 2018 More than half the world’s populace now lives in urban areas, which present no shortage of new ills stemming from environmental pollution, squalid housing and inadequate sanitation. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "How Globalization Changed the Way We Fight Disease," 4 June 2018 In May, however, Newsom made his mark as a conservative jurist in a case involving allegedly squalid conditions at the Brevard County, Fla., jail. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump packs influential Atlanta court with conservative judges," 6 July 2018 Rubio was convicted twice of the March 11, 2003, slayings of 3-year-old Julissa Quesada, 14-month-old John E. Rubio and 2-month-old Mary Jane Rubio in a squalid Brownsville apartment. Washington Post, "Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal," 23 May 2018 Rubio was convicted twice of the March 11, 2003, slayings of 3-year-old Julissa Quesada, 14-month-old John E. Rubio and 2-month-old Mary Jane Rubio in a squalid Brownsville apartment. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal," 23 May 2018 Inspectors and epidemiologists for the Health Department who arrived last week at Belmont Park in Elmont N.Y., found signs of the vermin, as well as bedbugs, in the squalid cottages and barracks where the grooms and tack are housed. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Hantavirus Was Not the Cause of Belmont Park Worker’s Death," 24 June 2018 But if Big Little Lies was soapy melodrama elevated by superb performances and Vallée’s extraordinary visual eye, Sharp Objects is Southern Gothic for the 21st century, probing the grim heritage and often squalid reality of small-town America. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of squalid

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squalid

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

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squalid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of squalid

: very dirty and unpleasant

: immoral or dishonest

squalid

adjective
squal·​id | \ˈskwä-ləd \

Kids Definition of squalid

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

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