toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition (describing a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant — typically due to poverty
  • To meet her today, you would never guess she lived in squalor as a child.
squalor = extremely dirty and unpleasant living conditions
  • While my living conditions are not what I would like, they are far better than the kind of squalor I read of in Charles Dickens novels.
  • squalor = extremely dirty and unpleasant living conditions
  • Our generation does not know the squalor of our great grandparents' generation.
  • squalor = extremely dirty and unpleasant living conditions
  • Out there in J. Grimes Everett's land there's nothing but sin and squalor.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • squalor = dirtiness and unpleasantness
  • The squalor had at last reached its fingers into Emerald Drive itself, and the once-celebrated promenade was now indistinguishable from the scum-heavy streets around it.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • squalor = dirtiness and unpleasantness
  • Inside in that squalor? Why, I'll just bet you anything that place is acrawl with black widows.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • squalor = an extremely dirty and unpleasant place
  • The young man had known the horrors of its most primitive housekeeping, and the dreary squalor of that level of society which does not rebel at the companionship of hens.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • squalor = filth — especially a place that is extremely dirty and unpleasant
  • Sin and squalor— what was that, Gertrude?
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • squalor = dirtiness and unpleasantness
  • Imagining themselves in the bright, crystal world Alyss described, with heart palaces, walrus-butlers, frog-messengers, and giant, pipe-smoking caterpillars, they were able to escape for a short while from the poverty and squalor and daily scrounging of their own lives.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • squalor = dirtiness and unpleasantness
  • We brought some money for a family here, and they are living in squalor, unlike you, Jackie.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Old age yes-but why the squalor, and rags to boot?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Step back, regard the squalor, make sure things were correctly placed.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Here they have lost all, and live in fear and squalor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • To escape the forlornness and the squalor I sought Michael's company.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Her mom wasn't home tonight so we sat in their tiny kitchen (amid the squalor which was pretty disgusting) and I asked Beanie what was up.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • She was like a hostess embarrassed in front of her guests by the squalor of her home, the untidiness of her children.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She felt hypnotized by the squalor but Marta and her mother didn't seem the least bit embarrassed.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Think of the wretched of the city living in squalor.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • I think they gloried in my squalor as proof of my baseness.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • He waved his stubby fingers, taking in all the waterfront squalor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®