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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: squalidus, from squalere 'to be dirty', from squalus 'dirty'

squalid

adjective
     
squal‧id
1 very dirty and unpleasant because of a lack of care or money [↪ squalor]:
How can anyone live in such squalid conditions?
a tiny squalid apartment
2 especially British English immoral or dishonest:
squalid behaviour
a squalid affair

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