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
Even in the camps, many end up living in squalor with little assistance.
Amid the squalor and lack of privacy, Naima Dimangadap wept.
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Origin and Etymology of squalor
Latin, from squalēre
First Known Use: 1621
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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