a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town
squalid living conditions
"Yes, my squalid little serf," I said, and fluttered my hands in royal dispensation.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Sometimes the story is growing in squalid backstreet bars, Dockside in Tarbean.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
I knew she had taken up with Lincoln Evans, living with him (and probably others) in a squalid flat down in the city, though I no longer had either cause or interest in finding her.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
Reports reached us that these Polish Jews were languishing on the border in a squalid no-man’s-land of temporary camps.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
It’s a strange sight in that squalid room, like a rose in a junkyard.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
Now the spirits had left them; they were ordinary, squalid, poor.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
The program, of course, was meant to be secret, like most of Hitler’s squalid schemes, but such iniquity could scarcely be kept completely in the dark.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
She lives in this squalid apartment.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
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He was down the hall in a squalid hole like Louie’s.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
I had found the boy in squalid conditions, wasting away in an orphanage.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
From the kitchen, I heard Mrs. Grace Merriweather giving a report in the livingroom on the squalid lives of the Mrunas, it sounded like to me.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
"It’s a bit squalid, isn’t it?"
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I heard of the division of property, of immense wealth and squalid poverty, of rank, descent, and noble blood.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
They forged deeper into Dras-Leona, leaving the squalid entrance behind.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
I, he said, was this man’s intimate friend and associate; in fact, the whole background of the crime was of the most squalid description.
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
He gazed blankly about the kitchen, which looked cold and squalid in the rainy winter twilight.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
And home was as squalid psychically as physically.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
The camp, home to more than twenty thousand refugees from the war in Liberia, was squalid, with frequent food shortages and a quiet threat in the form of soldiers who worked in the camp to recruit young men back into the war.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
His almost squalid attire was not perceptible in the obscurity caused by the shade.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
The squalid and withered person of this hag might well have obtained for her the character of possessing more than human cunning.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
The fairy gestured around her at the squalid filth.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
To toil long hours for another’s advantage; to live in mean and squalid homes, to work in dangerous and unhealthful places; to wrestle with the specters of hunger and privation, to take your chances of accident, disease, and death.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Packed into squalid cabins, smallpox, typhoid and tuberculosis broke out among them.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
He was the keeper of a low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could every morning emerge as a squalid beggar and in the evenings transform myself into a well-dressed man about town.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
She knew that he hated the ordeal of signing the "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" on the registers of squalid roadside hotels.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
I remember myself as a gaunt black figure, going along the slippery, shiny pavement, and the strange sense of detachment I felt from the squalid respectability, the sordid commercialism of the place.
H.G. Wells -- The Invisible Man
We bought some biscuits and chocolate which we ate sedulously as we wandered through the squalid streets where the families of the fishermen live.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
The opening scene can seem a squalid quarrel between stubborn and short-sighted men.
Homer -- The Iliad
Others were condemned to squalid holes in the infamous areas of Gesia, Smocza and Zamenhof Streets, which had been occupied by the Jewish proletariat from time immemorial.
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Presently this was thrown open, and Marguerite found herself on the threshold of the most dilapidated, most squalid room she had ever seen in all her life.
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
Who would shield him against animosity and deceit, against people with ambition and the embittered snobbery of the big shot’s wife, against the squalid, corrupting indignities of the profit motive and the friendly neighborhood butcher with inferior meat?
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
In both, there were several knots of loungers, squalid and miserable, but now with a manifest sense of power enthroned on their distress.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
They first passed through the "black town," with its narrow streets, its miserable, dirty huts, and squalid population; then through the "European town," which presented a relief in its bright brick mansions, shaded by coconut-trees and bristling with masts, where, although it was early morning, elegantly dressed horsemen and handsome equipages were passing back and forth.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
Oliver, whose days had been spent among squalid crowds, and in the midst of noise and brawling, seemed to enter on a new existence there.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton "Reptiles are abhorrent because of their cold body, pale color, cartilaginous skeleton, filthy skin, fierce aspect, calculating eye, offensive smell, harsh voice, squalid habitation, and terrible venom; wherefore their Creator has not exerted his powers to make many of them."
Michael Crichton -- Jurassic Park
I imagined him going to the drugstore to pick up the package of photos and hurrying to this squalid room to warm himself with the view of his wife, his children, his parents, his girlfriend—who knows?
John Howard Griffin -- Black Like Me
His sensitive nature was still smarting under the lashes of an undivined and squalid way of life.
James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
She was standing beside a steaming pot on a grimy black stove, and was fiddling around with the shelf of squalid-looking pots and pans above it.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
That place is too sweetly squalid for words.
E.M. Forster -- A Room With A View
The houseless prince, the homeless heir to the throne of England, still moved on, drifting deeper into the maze of squalid alleys where the swarming hives of poverty and misery were massed together.
Mark Twain -- The Prince and The Pauper
It was simply shelter, less comfortable than the hotel, and within a few days more squalid.
Pat Frank -- Alas, Babylon
A squalid alameda where there stood a rotting brushwood gazebo and a few old iron benches.
Cormac McCarthy -- All the Pretty Horses
It was a very poor quarter, a labyrinth of squalid bamboo huts, thatched with palmleaf, winding all over a steep hillside.
George Orwell -- Shooting an Elephant
A squalid family lived there now.
Thomas Hardy -- Jude the Obscure
"Shall we see what has become of your materials?"Cowed by Parvi, Yakub drove them in Changazi’s Land Cruiser to a squalid building site near the bank of the Indus, a mile to the southwest of town.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
No; she was not made for mean and shabby surroundings, for the squalid compromises of poverty.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
I stepped back to survey the remains of the shattering moment, the scene of squalid violence and lonely death at the shadowy fringes of society.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
I had gone to the squalid and muddy district because I preferred adventure, and, having begun, I had to go onů.