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squālor , ōris, m. Sanscr. kālas, black; Gr. κελαινός, κηλίς.
I. In gen., stiffness, roughness: “quaecumque (res) aspera constat, Non aliquo sine materiae squalore reperta est (opp. lēvor),Lucr. 2, 425.—
II. In partic., stiffness from dirt, dirtiness, filthiness, foulness, squalor (the predom. signif. of the word; syn.: sordes, illuvies).
A. Lit.
2. Esp., of places: “locorum squalor et solitudines inviae militem terrebant,desolation, Curt. 5, 6, 13; cf.: “silva squalore tenebrarum horrenda,Amm. 17, 1, 8.—
B. Trop.: “deterso rudis saeculi squalore,” i. e. in language, Quint. 2, 5, 23: “Gallus, ex squalore nimio miseriarum, ad principale culmen provectus,” i. e. from the very lowest rank, Amm. 14, 1, 1.
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