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Definition of 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

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

The fighter loses more than his pride in the fight; he loses part of his future. He's a step closer to the slum he came from.
Floyd Patterson

First of all there is always that artistic challenge of creating something. Or the particular experience to take slum life in that period and make something out of it in the form of a book. And then I felt some kind of responsibility to my family.
Frank McCourt

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
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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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