Definition of squalor in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈskwɒlə


[mass noun]
The state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect: they lived in squalor and disease
More example sentences
  • London's population had continued to grow and many lived in squalor and poverty.
  • It is a country beset by poverty, squalor, inequality and violence.
  • The musicals of the '30s are enjoyable, in part because they don't dwell on misfortune and squalor and poverty.


early 17th century: from Latin, from squalere 'be dirty'.

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