Definitions

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  • n. The state of being squalid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being squalid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Squalidity.

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

  • n. sordid dirtiness

Etymologies

From squalid +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

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 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

  • 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

  • Vane was so overwhelmed by the prospect of a possible tragedy that he scarcely noticed the dirt, the squalidness, the hot and foetid air and the evil-looking fellows who stared at them when he and Jarvis entered.

    Madame Flirt A Romance of 'The Beggar's Opera'

  • It is for raising money to wage implacable warfare against poverty and squalidness.

    Lloyd George The Man and His Story

  • Certainly there are fleas and there are filthinesses in some directions; and yet it is amazing, especially for one accustomed to the Irish, to see an extreme of poverty so much greater, with such an utter absence of squalidness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

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