What does the word squalor mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Arnold Bennett