squalor

noun squa·lor \ ˈskwä-lər also ˈskwā- or ˈskwȯ- \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of squalor

: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of squalor

Latin, from squalēre


SQUALOR Defined for English Language Learners

squalor

noun

Definition of squalor for English Language Learners

  • : very bad and dirty conditions


SQUALOR Defined for Kids

squalor

noun squal·or \ ˈskwä-lər \

Definition of squalor for Students

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


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