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adjective (DIRTY)    /ˈskwɒl.ɪd/ US  /ˈskwɑː.lɪd/ disapproving
(of places) extremely dirty and unpleasant, often because of lack of money: Many prisons, even today, are overcrowded and squalid places.Dirty and untidy squalor     /ˈskwɒl.ər/ US  /ˈskwɑː.lɚ/ noun [U] It was a dirty, damp, smelly flat - the usual student squalor.Dirt and untidiness
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