- the condition of being squalid; filth and misery.
Origin of squalor
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Examples from the Web for squalor
The overcrowded school where the family had sought refuge was a scene of despair and squalor.Under American Bombs in Gaza
August 4, 2014
Money means more to you than just status or new toys; it is freedom, a way out of squalor for both you and your family.Baby, You’re a Rich Man: Mohsin Hamid’s New Novel
March 6, 2013
So it is with Just Send Me Word, a heroic love story amid the squalor and degradation of the Gulag.‘Just Send Me Word’ by Orlando Figes: Life and Love in the Gulag
June 10, 2012
The once handsome young man was unrecognizable in his squalor.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
February 7, 2011
These are people defined not by their public selves but by the pettiness, chaos, and squalor of their interior ones.Franzen Frenzy!
August 31, 2010
Squalor and tragedy can beckon to all that is great in us, and strengthen the wings of love.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The dirt and squalor showed the more plainly by their light.
The meanness, the squalor, the degradation of his morale and life are not discernible in his works.Art in England
This squalor, this bare loneliness, was the harsh penalty of failure.The Man from the Bitter Roots
They may be surrounded by intelligence and luxury or by ignorance and squalor.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism
F. V. N. Painter
- the condition or quality of being squalid; disgusting dirt and filth
Word Origin and History for squalor
1620s, "state or condition of being miserable and dirty," from Latin squalor, related to squalere "be filthy" (see squalid).