Definition of Rachmanism in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrakmənɪz(ə)m


[mass noun] British
  • The exploitation and intimidation of tenants by unscrupulous landlords.
    More example sentences
    • Their housing policies mean that the provision of another yet basic human necessity is made entirely conditional upon the profit motive, encouraging the conditions for a new Rachmanism.


named after Peter Rachman (1919–62), a London landlord whose practices became notorious in the early 1960s.

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