Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A filthy and wretched condition or quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Squalidness; foulness; filthiness; squalidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Squalidness; foulness; filthiness; squalidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Foulness; filthiness; coarseness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sordid dirtiness

Etymologies

Latin squālor, from squālēre, to be filthy; see squalid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin squalor. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Although there are folks who do just that Lakeside and it is not in squalor, that is a bit dated.

    Renting in Ajijic

  • The persons, clothing, and houses are alive with vermin, and if the word squalor can be applied to independent and industrious people, they were squalid.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Why the throb of romance should have beat time for me to such visions I can scarce explain, or can explain only by the fact that the squalor was a squalor wonderfully mixed and seasoned, and that I should wrong the whole impression if I didn't figure it first and foremost as that of some vast succulent cornucopia.

    A Small Boy and Others

  • If we confine animals in these kind of squalor conditions, most of us would find that to be inhumane.

    CNN Transcript Mar 19, 2009

  • How can executives at McDonald's and Chipotle sleep at night knowing their purchasing practices have led hardworking people to live in the kind of squalor that exists in Immokalee or worse, live in slavery?

    Todd Howland: From the RFK Memorial Poverty Tour: Fields Ripe with Injustice

  • For while many of us may have grown up in vicarages where there seemed to be no money, and while we too heard talk of "dilapidations," the diocesan funds required for the repair of our homes, or were sometimes spoken of in the north of England as "nesh" if we seemed to require more cosseting than a young person should, rather fewer of us experienced the kind of squalor that Sage evokes.

    The Woman Who Did

  • "The filth and squalor which is becoming accepted as the norm needs to be removed prior to the influx of our guests and the hoardes of print and electronic media who will be following them,"

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But I could not frame my reply because "squalor" (which we pronounce as though it rhymed with "mollor") was the only fitting epithet and he had just used it himself, pronouncing it in the American way -- or at any rate in his

    Roving East and Roving West

  • "These irresponsible leaks will not impact our ongoing commitment to deepen our partnerships with Afghanistan and Pakistan; to defeat our common enemies; and to support the aspirations of the Afghan and Pakistani people." it's impossible to believe that this public disclosure of the "squalor" of our longest war will not have severe repercussions as governments and citizens around the world dig into the release materials.

    Firedoglake

  • Hindsight makes everything appear so cut and dried: Brandon lived in "squalor".

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