squalor

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

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


SQUALOR Defined for English Language Learners

squalor

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

Definition of squalor for English Language Learners

  • : very bad and dirty conditions


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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