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Definition of Slum

Slum

  1. To visit or frequent slums, esp. out of curiosity, or for purposes of study, etc.
  2. A foul back street of a city, especially one filled with a poor, dirty, degraded, and often vicious population; any low neighborhood or dark retreat; -- usually in the plural; as, Westminster slums are haunts for theives.
  3. Same as Slimes.

Slum Quotations

The slum is the measure of civilization.
Jacob Riis

I didn't say I wouldn't go into ghetto areas. I've been in many of them and to some extent I would say this; if you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all.
Spiro T. Agnew

The first Parikrma school started in a slum where there were 70,000 people living below the poverty line. Our first school was on a rooftop of a building inside the slums, a second story building, the only second story building inside the slums. And that rooftop did not have any ceiling, only half a tin sheet. That was our first school.
Shukla Bose

The great majority of Baghdad is a slum - a lot of it's new, but it's still slum. It's usually this concrete-block, one-room design with a door and a window, arranged one-up, one-down, often with a shop with nothing in it on the first floor, and then a one-room apartment above it. There's street after street after street of that stuff.
P. J. O'Rourke

I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn't born in me.
Jesse Jackson
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Slum Translations

slum in Dutch is achterbuurt
slum in French is bas fonds, taudis
slum in German is Elensviertel, Elendsviertel
slum in Hungarian is nyomornegyed
slum in Italian is catapecchia
slum in Spanish is casucha, barrio bajo
slum in Swedish is slumkvarter
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