AskDefine | Define squalor

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squalor n : sordid dirtiness [syn: sordidness, squalidness]

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From the Latin squalere, "to be foul or filthy".




  • The heterogenous indigent multitude, everywhere wearing nearly the same aspect of squalor. -- Taylor
  • To bring this sort of squalor among the upper classes. -- Dickens
    • Dickens also used the term to refer to those living in Squalor, such as those in the slums.



Extensive Definition

For living in squalor, see Compulsive hoarding.
Squalor N; a synonym of "argument" or "tif" N; may also be used to title one who serves a king or queen

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