squal|or

squal|or
squal|or «SKWOL uhr», noun.
1. misery and dirt; filth: »

By modern standards people in medieval Europe lived in indescribable squalor. Hovel piled upon hovel—squalor immortalized in undecaying stone (Hawthorne).

2. Figurative. the quality or condition of being morally squalid.
[< Latin squālor < squālēre be filthy; see etym. under squalid (Cf.squalid)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • squal — squal·id·ly; squal·id·ness; squal·or; …   English syllables

  • squal´id|ly — squal|id «SKWOL ihd», adjective. 1. very dirty; filthy: »squalid tenements. It is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross (T. H. Huxley). 2. Figurative. morally repulsive or wretched; degraded: »His… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squal|id — «SKWOL ihd», adjective. 1. very dirty; filthy: »squalid tenements. It is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross (T. H. Huxley). 2. Figurative. morally repulsive or wretched; degraded: »His life had… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squal — us (L). A dogfish …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • squal — n 1. strong wind, gale, gust, blast, blow; windstorm, storm, tempest, hurricane, barat. 2. disturbance, commotion, excitement, furor, agitation, disruption; turmoil, tumult, turbulence, hurly burly; disorder, chaos, confusion, upheaval, unrest,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • squal·id — …   Useful english dictionary

  • squal´id|ness — squal|id «SKWOL ihd», adjective. 1. very dirty; filthy: »squalid tenements. It is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross (T. H. Huxley). 2. Figurative. morally repulsive or wretched; degraded: »His… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squal|ene — «SKWOL een, SKWAY leen», noun. a colorless oil occurring in vegetable and animal fats including human sebum: »Recent researches suggest a material called squalene has an ameliorating effect on the ability of particular materials (called… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squalidly — squal·id·ly …   English syllables

  • squalor — squal·or …   English syllables

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