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Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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(noun) A filthy and wretched condition or quality.

Synonyms: sordidness, squalidness

Usage: The squalor in which the refugees lived alarmed the aid workers, who knew they had to work quickly to improve these conditions.
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1: the quality or state of being physically squalid

<dwellings … sinking stage by stage from indigence to squalor — Lewis Mumford>

2 a : moral baseness : corruption

<presenting a picture of political squalor to the country — Russell Baker>

b : absence of intellectual sensitivity : crassness

<depressing squalor of the … mind — Dachine Rainer>

Origin of SQUALOR

Latin, roughness, dirt, squalor; akin to Latin squalēre to be dirty, squalidus dirty, squalid, squama scale

First Known Use: 1621 (sense 1)
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SQUALOR: The state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect


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


They lived in squalor and disease

A blind alley, poor, stinking and threatening: a little corner of squalor

The streets of Cairo, the squalor of its slums, the pain and ineptitude of life, find no echo here. (Old serpent Nile. A journey to the source. Stewart, Stanley. London: John Murray (Publishers) Ltd, 1991)


dirt, dirtiness, squalidness, filth, filthiness, grubbiness, grime, griminess, muck, muckiness, slumminess, foulness, vileness, poverty, wretchedness, dinginess, meanness, nastiness, seediness, shabbiness, sordidness, sleaziness, insalubrity, slovenliness, repulsiveness;
neglect, decay, dilapidation

INFORMAL: scruffiness, scuzziness, crumminess, grunge, grunginess, rattiness, tackiness


ANTONYM: cleanliness
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:31:02 AM
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he resigned from job and living a squalor life..

squalor also means to accept the situation that u can't avoid..e.g she resigned herself to the masculine task..
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the squalor in detroit is embassrassing to all americans
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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:53:55 PM

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ROGET´S INTERNATIONAL THESAURUS.- SQUALOR.- 62. DISORDER NOUNS 6. slovenry, slipshodness, carelesness, negligence; untidiness, unneatness, messiness (coll.), sloppiness, dowdiness, slouchiness. 6890. uncleanness nouns 3. squalor, squalidness, sordidness, meanness. Mary is such a squalor, just look at her bedroom.
Posted: Saturday, March 7, 2015 7:10:41 AM
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Daemon wrote:
wretched condition or quality.

Some people refer to the "squalor of old age."

Those people are referring to the pitiful condition of many elderly people, many of whom once led vigorous lives.

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