[in-suh-loo-bree-uh s]
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Origin of insalubrious

1630–40; < Latin insalūbri(s) + -ous. See in-3, salubrious
Related formsin·sa·lu·bri·ous·ly, adverbin·sa·lu·bri·ty [in-suh-loo-bri-tee] /ˌɪn səˈlu brɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of insalubrious

  • This was an extremely dark and brutal (and insalubrious) country well into the 20th century.

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    Ebola and America’s Childish Narcissism

    Michael Tomasky

    October 18, 2014

  • In the world of the MRI and the PET scan, it seems that there is “more than one echo of the insalubrious past.”

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    Peter Stothard

    February 2, 2011

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British Dictionary definitions for insalubrious


  1. not salubrious; unpleasant, unhealthy, or sordid
Derived Formsinsalubriously, adverbinsalubrity (ˌɪnsəˈluːbrɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for insalubrious

1630s, from Latin insalubris "unhealthy, unwholesome," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + salubris (see salubrious).

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