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Definition dirty and unpleasant; or (more rarely) immoral
  • She lives in a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town.
squalid = dirty and unpleasant
  • I want to get away from this squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal.
  • squalid = immoral
  • She was raised in the squalid living conditions of an overcrowded refugee camp.
  • squalid = dirty and unpleasant
  • From the kitchen, I heard Mrs. Grace Merriweather giving a report in the livingroom on the squalid lives of the Mrunas, it sounded like to me.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • squalid = dirty and unpleasant
  • And home was as squalid psychically as physically.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • squalid = dirty and unpleasant
  • Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • squalid = unpleasant
  •   So absurd an essence,
      That something, which is not,
      Nevertheless should populate
      Empty night more solidly
      Than that with which we copulate,
      Why should it seem so squalidly?
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • squalidly = dirty or unpleasant in a moral sense
  • I stepped back to survey the remains of the shattering moment, the scene of squalid violence and lonely death at the shadowy fringes of society.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • A squalid alameda where there stood a rotting brushwood gazebo and a few old iron benches.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The sprawling camps of humans were just ahead, filthy and squalid.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • In the last light of the day, the outskirts of Port-au-Prince look the same to me as on every previous trip, chaotic, squalid, broken-down.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I had found the boy in squalid conditions, wasting away in an orphanage.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • What squalid specters, in the dead of night, Break my short sleep, and skim before my sight!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • When Aureliano Segundo decided to go see what was going on, he found only the corpse of the horse and a squalid mule in the ruins of the stable.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I, he said, was this man's intimate friend and associate; in fact, the whole background of the crime was of the most squalid description.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The negress was clad in squalid European garments.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Lit by a small window that gave upon the squalid grey bricks of an airshaft, the room was gloomy.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • His almost squalid attire was not perceptible in the obscurity caused by the shade.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The squalid and withered person of this hag might well have obtained for her the character of possessing more than human cunning.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Packed into squalid cabins, smallpox, typhoid and tuberculosis broke out among them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind

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