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"squalid" in British English

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squalidadjective

uk   /ˈskwɒl.ɪd/  us   /ˈskwɑː.lɪd/
  • squalid adjective (DIRTY)

disapproving (of ​places) ​extremelydirty and ​unpleasant, often because of ​lack of ​money: Many ​prisons, ​even today, are ​overcrowded and squalid ​places.
squalor
noun [U] uk   /ˈskwɒl.ər/  us   /ˈskwɑː.lɚ/
It was a ​dirty, ​damp, ​smellyflat - the ​usualstudent squalor.
(Definition of squalid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"squalid" in American English

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squalidadjective

 us   /ˈskwɑl·ɪd/
extremelydirty, ​poor, and ​unpleasant: The squalid ​apartment was her first ​home in the ​city.
squalor
noun [U]  us   /ˈskwɑl·ər/
He ​lived in ​dreadful squalor ​despite having a ​smallfortune in the ​bank.
(Definition of squalid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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