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squalor

If something is extremely dirty, filthy, or just plain disgusting, it falls into the territory of the noun squalor. We’re not just talking about a messy room. We’re talking about a grimy dungeon filled with rats and roaches.

Squalor comes from the Latin squalere, which means “to be filthy.” This word often refers to living conditions as in, “after the disaster, the people were living in squalor.” It can also describe a city or a building that is in general disrepair such as “ever since the budget cuts, people have moved away and the city has fallen into squalor.”

Definitions of squalor
  1. noun
    sordid dirtiness
    synonyms: sordidness, squalidness
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    type of:
    dirtiness, uncleanness
    the state of being unsanitary
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