Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Squalidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Quality or state of being squalid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being squalid

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

  • noun sordid dirtiness

Etymologies

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From squalid +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • And I've carried swag for months out back in Australia -- and it was life, in spite of its "squalidness" and meanness and wretchedness and hardship, and in spite of the fact that the world would have regarded us as "tramps" -- and a free life amongst _men_ from all the world!

    Children of the Bush

  • It was morning, I remember, when I thus awoke to understanding: I had forgotten the particulars of what had happened, and only felt as if some great misfortune had suddenly overwhelmed me; but when I looked around, and saw the barred windows, and the squalidness of the room in which I was, all flashed across my memory, and I groaned bitterly.

    Chapter 21

  • It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.

    Chapter 19

  • It was morning, I remember, when I thus awoke to understanding: I had forgotten the particulars of what had happened, and only felt as if some great misfortune had suddenly overwhelmed me; but when I looked around, and saw the barred windows, and the squalidness of the room in which I was, all flashed across my memory, and I groaned bitterly.

    Chapter 4

  • He was oppressed by the utter squalidness of it all.

    Chapter 5

  • It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.

    Chapter 2

  • This gets the spotlight off the confirmed squalidness of the case. 911 calls report racist epithets being screamed by men in the party house.

    Privilege Meets Protest at Duke University

  • Their condition only proves what squalidness may consist with civilization.

    Walden

  • It was morning, I remember, when I thus awoke to understanding: I had forgotten the particulars of what had happened, and only felt as if some great misfortune had suddenly overwhelmed me; but when I looked around, and saw the barred windows, and the squalidness of the room in which I was, all flashed across my memory, and I groaned bitterly.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

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