Definition of squalor
: the quality or state of being squalid
Examples of squalor in a Sentence
The family was living in squalor.
I was shocked by the squalor of their surroundings.
Recent Examples of squalor from the Web
A train gulf where men lived in squalor and trash — but away from prying eyes.
Older but hardly wiser, Renton returns home to the urban squalor of Edinburgh, Scotland, to make amends with friends who aren't exactly eager to forgive him for ripping them off.
FORECAST IN DETAIL The typically muggy, swampy DC summer squalor is still on hiatus today and tomorrow.
Amid such profound squalor and chaos, the mice forgot how to be mice.
Even in the camps, many end up living in squalor with little assistance.
For openers, San Diego is fast becoming America’s Calcutta, with large tracts given over to squalor and suffering.
Amid the squalor and lack of privacy, Naima Dimangadap wept.
Running back Jim Kiick, 70, lived in squalor until he was put in an assisted care facility last summer with dementia/early onset Alzheimer’s.
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Origin and Etymology of squalor
Latin, from squalēre
First Known Use: 1621See Words from the same year
SQUALOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of squalor for English Language Learners
: very bad and dirty conditions
SQUALOR Defined for Kids
Definition of squalor for Students
: the quality or state of being squalid The children had to live in squalor.
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