Definition of insalubrious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsəˈluːbrɪəs/


(Of a place) seedy and run-down; unwholesome: a poor area full of insalubrious hotels
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  • I went into this most insalubrious place with little gnome-like people hunched over indescribable pictures, and I asked the man for this Tokyo Rose.
  • The conditions they lived in were atrocious: overcrowded lodging houses, cellars, and garrets, shanty towns in the insalubrious districts beyond the town walls.
  • Shortly before his death he separated from his second wife and went to live in an insalubrious suburb of Paris.
seedy, unsavoury, sordid, seamy, sleazy, unpleasant, dingy, mean, wretched, dismal;
slummy, slum-like, squalid, shabby, ramshackle, tumbledown, run down, down at heel, dilapidated, neglected, uncared-for, unmaintained, crumbling, decaying, gone to rack and ruin
informal scruffy, scuzzy, crummy, grungy, shambly
British informal grotty
North American informal shacky, skanky



Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsəˈluːbrɪti/
Example sentences
  • An argument against this, however, is that following the Civil War the South did experience considerable migration from the North despite its reputation for insalubrity.
  • For, as we have seen, the misfortunes of the city were due to the insalubrity of its climate and the collapse of the Portuguese power and commerce in the East.
  • It will in all probability become a place of the first consequence, notwithstanding the insalubrity of its climate, and the dreadful tempests it is subject to in winter.


Mid 17th century: from Latin insalubris (from in- 'not' + salubris 'salubrious') + -ous.

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