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Definition of squalid adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of places and living conditions) very dirty and unpleasant synonym filthy squalid housing squalid, overcrowded refugee camps
  2. 2(of situations or activities) involving low moral standards or dishonest behavior synonym sordid It was a squalid affair involving prostitutes and drugs.
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