American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A great landed estate, especially of the ancient Romans.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman history, a great estate. In their origin through conquest or military reward, and in the organization of serf or peasant labor upon them, the latifundia resembled the early English baronial manors. In the plural, the term is used to designate the resulting system of aggrandizement, tending to concentration of the land in the hands of a few and to excessive poverty of the masses.
- From Latin lātifundium, from lātus ("wide, extensive") + fundus ("ground, base, estate, farm") (Wiktionary)
- Latin lātifundium : lātus, broad + fundus, estate, base. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Feyga Lejbowiczowa (d. 1730) was active mainly in the Konskowola section of the Sieniawski latifundium, owned and operated by the magnate noblewoman, Elzbieta Sieniawska.”
“Sicilia is at peace, charge of it given permanently to Marcus Agrippa, the only one gifted with an old-style latifundium there.”
“They are demanding compensation not only for the U.S. properties nationalized by the Revolution, but also compensation for the properties of all the landlords, latifundium masters, and rich people who left Cuba and became U.S. citizens.”
“Aurelian owns a huge latifundium; it can doubtless use an extra workman, if I put in a good word, and the senator will cover up any little irregularities for me.”
“One cannot talk about revolution if one does not put an end to the control of transnational companies, of foreign investments, of the latifundium, of private property, which are the main means for production.”
“It nationalized the large latifundium and brought many social benefits.”
“Historically, latifundium and unemployment forced thousands of families to come to these mountains and the cultivation technology was to cut down the trees.”
“In the first place, the revolution, the abolition of the feudalistic system of exploiting land, the abolition of the latifundium and something else, the abolition of the minifundium, the establishment of adequate agricultural structures, the application of technology and scientific methodology in agriculture -- In two words, we can state that here in”
“What would have happened if it had split latifundium?”
“Condemns the latifundium, a source of poverty for the peasants and a backward and inhuman agricultural system; condemns starvation wages and the iniquitous exploitation of human labor by immoral and privileged interests; condemns illiteracy, the lack of teachers, of schools, of doctors and hospitals, the lack of protection to old age that prevails in Latin”
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