squalor

Part of speech: noun

The state of being squalid.

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Usage examples "squalor":

  1. Five years ago, when she had really come down from high places, a spoilt child of fortune, petted and used to every luxury and attention, she had hardly suffered at all from the dreary squalor of her surroundings; and, though without any prospects to speak of, she could still hope. - "The Song of Songs", Hermann Sudermann.
  2. She was surrounded by squalor and wretchedness; but she never quite forgot her old beautiful home, for her dim sweet memories of it were all she knew of heaven." - "Stories of Many Lands", Grace Greenwood.
  3. It disgusted her to such a point that she would have preferred to do it with her own hands in secret rather than see others do it openly in all its squalor. - "Hilda Lessways", Arnold Bennett.