squalor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n squalor sordid dirtiness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Squalor skwā"lôr Squalidness; foulness; filthiness; squalidity. "The heterogeneous indigent multitude, everywhere wearing nearly the same aspect of squalor .""To bring this sort of squalor among the upper classes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squalor Foulness; filthiness; coarseness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Squalor state of being squalid: dirtiness: filthiness
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Quotations

  • Baron William Henry Beveridge
    Baron William Henry Beveridge
    “Want is one only of five giants on the road of reconstruction; the others are Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. squalere, to be foul or filthy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. squalidussqualēre, to be stiff; akin to Gr. skellein, to dry.

Usage

In literature:

There is, however, a distinction between simplicity and the squalor of sordid poverty.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
Be orderly in all things; in attire, so far as lies in your power, avoid all appearance of either pride or squalor.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
If want be accompanied with sordidness and squalor, though it be pitied, the pity will be mixed with some degree of contempt.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
There were men, women, children, and animals, each little group a family, picturesque in their squalor and their coarseness.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
It has long roots that feed on the selfishness and dulness of Fifth Avenue quite as greedily as on the squalor of the Sixth Ward.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Ah, that the dark court should be waiting for them, the squalor, the misery, the woe of it.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
That was what he could not understand; how between her own cruelty and that squalor she had the heart to bloom.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Though the spirit thirsted for sweet things, habit chained him to the squalor of the Cafe Delphine.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Simon wondered whether the contessa had seen this squalor.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Lost in thought, he walked a long way into the poorer quarter of the city, where there was much squalor and suffering.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
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In poetry:

The years will pass, you'll marry yet
And you'll forget this squalor.
To be a woman is a feat,
To drive men mad, that's valour.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak
He told of England's sin and wrong,
The ills her suffering children know,
The squalor of the city's throng,
The green field's want and woe.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Below are the blatant lights in a huddled squalor;
Above are futile fires in freezing space.
What can they give that you should look to them for compassion
Though you bare your heart and lift an imploring face?
"Waters Of Babylon" by Louis Untermeyer
The squalor of our own frost-bitten forefathers. I will praise the
Greeks for having pared down the shame of three vices
Natural to man and no other animal, cruelty and filth and superstition,
grained in man's making.
"Hellenistics" by Robinson Jeffers
Nobody said that he could be a plumber,
Carpenter, clerk, bus-driver, bombardier;
Let little boys go into violent slumber,
Aegean squall and squalor where their fear
Is of an enemy in remote oceans
Unstalked by Christ: these are the better notions.
"More Sonnets At Christmas III" by Allen Tate

In news:

Atlanta's proud sons and crunk fore-fathers the Ying Yang Twins have spent the past decade kickin' a holla out from tha squalor.
John Sloan's Bygone New York Depicted in All Its Splendor And Squalor.
Born in the New York post-punk squalor that mothered pals Sonic Youth, Swans make their grandest statement yet for their 30th birthday.
Out of Rwanda's Horrors Into a Sickening Squalor.
The Central New York SPCA will return to a Syracuse home for a third day to finish rounding up an estimated 50 to 70 cats found Tuesday evening living in squalor.
Animal cruelty charges reveal squalor in Fayette home.
Soldiers fighting Congo rebels live in squalor .
Nady "Octo-Mom" Suleman comes under fire for apparent squalor living conditions with her fourteen children.
Urbanized Surveys Global Cities, in All Their Squalor and Glory.
From Gotham, With Love and Squalor : J.D.
Squalor , crime follow wave of foreclosures.
Out of Rwanda's Horrors Into a Sickening Squalor .
John Sloan's Bygone New York Depicted in All Its Splendor And Squalor .
Urbanized Surveys Global Cities, in All Their Squalor and Glory.
Anthony Julius has written a strong, somber book on an appalling subject: the long squalor of Jew-hatred in a supposedly enlightened, humane, liberal society.
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