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slum

Pronunciation: /slʌm/

Translation of slum in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (often plural/frecuentemente plural) (poor urban area) barrio (masculine) bajo, barriada (feminine) (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) , barrio (masculine) de conventillos (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) (before noun/delante del nombre) slum dweller barriobajero, (masculine, feminine) slum dwelling tugurio (masculine) 1.2 (filthy place) [colloquial/familiar] [pejorative/peyorativo] pocilga (feminine), chiquero (masculine) (Latin America/América Latina)
    Example sentences
    • However, there is still a large segment of the population which lives in urban slums and poor rural areas without electricity or running water.
    • The appalling social situation in Iran has been highlighted by recent reports of protest marches in working class urban areas and slum districts.
    • The plague was only finally brought under control in 1666 when the Great Fire of London burned down the areas most affected by plague - the city slums inhabited by the poor.
    Example sentences
    • It is reasonable to argue that we should not be building today houses that are thermal slums; too cold in winter and too hot in summer.
    • By-law violations that turn residential buildings into slums are not the only matters the municipal courts will be dealing with.
    • Have they looked at the social consequences of building tomorrow's slums today and what provisions are being put in place to deal with these in the long term?

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-mm-)

  • to go slumming visitar los barrios bajos ( or las barriadas etc)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-mm-)

  • to slum it vivir a lo pobre

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