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squalor

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noun squa·lor \ˈskwä-lər also ˈskwā- or ˈskwȯ-\

Simple Definition of squalor

  • : very bad and dirty conditions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of squalor

  1. :  the quality or state of being squalid

Examples of squalor in a sentence

  1. The family was living in squalor.

  2. I was shocked by the squalor of their surroundings.



Origin and Etymology of squalor

Latin, from squalēre


First Known Use: 1621

Rhymes with squalor


SQUALOR Defined for Kids

squalor

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noun squal·or \ˈskwä-lər\

Definition of squalor for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being squalid <The children had to live in squalor.>




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