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  • (especially of a climate or locality) not salubrious; unhealthy.

    ‘a poor area full of insalubrious hotels’
    • ‘Partly it's because Shakespeare has become tainted with the insalubrious whiff of the schoolroom.’
    • ‘He may have preferred topographical specificity, but given his delicate health, he would have been ill-advised to visit any such insalubrious clime.’
    • ‘It was the last activity that afforded the abundant raw material, the insalubrious waste known as coal tar.’
    • ‘This was the result of Progressive era concerns over the insalubrious cities, which led to fresh air fund camps and other ventures to provide them with relief during the brutal summers.’
    • ‘Sickness did not abate over the three and a half years of Federal occupation as Helena became known as one of the most insalubrious locations in the Union.’
    • ‘Why, then, did Sir Harry abandon the Holy City for the insalubrious air of the Great Wen?’
    seedy, unsavoury, sordid, seamy, sleazy, unpleasant, dingy, mean, wretched, dismal
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/ˌinsəˈlo͞obrēəs/ /ˌɪnsəˈlubriəs/


Mid 17th century from Latin insalubris (from in- ‘not’ + salubris ‘salubrious’) + -ous.