V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. dirty, run-down, or unsanitary, especially because of poverty; 2. lacking in morals and dignity

Synonyms: filthy, broken-down, crummy, seedy, shabby, wretched, degraded, nasty, sordid, immoral, undignified

Antonyms: clean, sanitary, sterile

Tips: Squalid is derived from the Latin squalidus, which means "dirty, filthy." The related noun squalor refers to a state of filthiness. The phrase "living in squalor" is common in modern English; it means "living in filthy, wretched conditions, especially because of poverty."

Usage Examples:

The animals were rescued from their squalid shelter. (wretched, filthy)

Volunteers worked to improve the squalid conditions of the inner-city neighborhood. (shabby, crummy, broken-down)

The squalid behavior of the characters on soap operas can make for great entertainment. (nasty, sordid, undignified)

The non-profit agency raises money for Cambodian children who are living in squalor. (filthiness, shabby conditions) noun

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