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Word: squalor

Definition: condition of being squalid; filth; degradation; dirty neglected state; ADJ. squalid: dirty; sordid; morally repulsive; Ex. squalid story


Sentences Containing 'squalor'

Both Proffitt and fellow North Carolina musician Doc Watson sang the older version of the tune, which had "a lively mocking tempo...that retained some of the ghastliness and moral squalor of an actual murder", according to folk historian Robert Cantwell, who also notes that the Kingston Trio's version of the song left out several verses from the traditional lyric.
Both the character and her husband's names are a reference to "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" by J. D. Salinger.
Esmé Gigi Geniveve Squalor is a fictional character and an antagonist of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series.
Esmé is first introduced as the materialistic and inconsiderate wife of Jerome Squalor and the self-proclaimed "city's sixth most important financial advisor".
He is also a liberation theologian who considers postmodernity an era in which "we wallow in private affluence while squatting in public squalor."
Letters from "" suggest that she only married Jerome Squalor to gain entry into his penthouse apartment, (although Jerome states in the book that they both moved in only a few weeks ago) which has a secret entryway into the Baudelaires' mansion.
So strangely clouded were these refinements by the prison manners and gloom, so spectral did they become in the inappropriate squalor and misery through which they were seen, that Charles Darnay seemed to stand in a company of the dead.
The squalor in the Christian camp by the River Andarax eventually reached such alarming proportions that Ferdinand IV was obliged to sell off the jewelry of his wife, Constance of Portugal to pay the soldiers and knights for their continued service.

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