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squalid

adjective uk   /ˈskwɒl.ɪd/  us   /ˈskwɑː.lɪd/

squalid adjective (DIRTY)

disapproving (of places) extremely dirty and unpleasant, often because of lack of money: Many prisons, even today, are overcrowded and squalid places.

squalid adjective (IMMORAL)

(of situations and activities) not moral; involving sex and drugs, etc. in an unpleasant way: It's the usual squalid rock star tale of drugs, sex, and overdoses.
squalor
noun [U] uk   /ˈskwɒl.ər/  us   /ˈskwɑː.lɚ/
It was a dirty, damp, smelly flat - the usual student squalor.
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