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[skwol-er, skwaw-ler] /ˈskwɒl ər, ˈskwɔ lər/
the condition of being squalid; filth and misery.
Origin of squalor
1615-25; < Latin squālor dirtiness, equivalent to squāl(ēre) to be dirty, encrusted + -or -or1
splendor. Unabridged
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  • Since then a new generation of poor people has grown to adulthood in poverty and squalor.
  • Our lovely camp site now occupied by a hut and dirt, squalor, and filth.
  • The history books record the squalor of early industry, the poverty of the industrial workers, and their exploitation.
  • Put marble in the governors office, ask refugees to livein squalor.
  • People seem to want this, as opposed to urban tumult and squalor.
  • Migrant workers who are cheated by their employers and live in squalor while providing all of us with food are exploited.
  • The choice, for many, is going hungry in the countryside or finding a job while living in squalor in the towns.
  • The film is visually beautiful in a way which tends to minimize the squalor of the times.
  • Much better this great irregularity than universal squalor.
  • He never speaks a word and serves as a mute witness to the brutality and squalor around him.
British Dictionary definitions for squalor


the condition or quality of being squalid; disgusting dirt and filth
Word Origin
C17: from Latin
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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).

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