- From Portuguese favela. (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese, possibly from diminutive of favo, honeycomb (from Latin favus) or from favelas (probably from pl. of favela, spurge, from fava, bean, from Latin faba). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Like in human shantytowns, the main challenge facing the dog favela is making ends meet.”
“Anyone brought up in the favela is used to the sound of guns, he says. âAnd anyway, if the guy shoots in the air, it means he likes the song. â”
“In 1897, it was the site of the world's first "favela" - a seizure of vacant lands by former slaves seeking a better life in the city.”
“Paul Goldberger, a writer for New Yorker magazine, described the area as a "favela" - a word for a Brazilian slum.”
“Enhanced with the sort of hopefulness found in Slumdog Millionaire, this real life fable tells the tale of a group of slum kids living in what's known as the favela, who were staying out of trouble by creating their own alternate world.”
“The favela was the setting for an award-winning documentary about cocaine by the British film-maker Angus Macqueen, as well as a”
“An example Bruce Sterling calls favela chic -- an oxymoron that's an appropriate description of cultural methodologies that are essential to completely bypassing the impact of perpetual global depression/breakdown.”
“Brazil there is misery, the "favela", just like in any other country of Latin America.”
“This is basically a party in the favela which is organized by the drug lords.”
“In Fortaleza (a large city in Brazil's impoverished Northeast), a "favela”
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describing areas where the poor, unhomed and oppressed are found. Some of these didn't belong in miserable circumstances.
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