Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A great landed estate, especially of the ancient Romans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A great landed estate with absentee ownership and labor often in a state of partial servitude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman history, a great estate.

Etymologies

Latin lātifundium : lātus, broad + fundus, estate, base.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lātifundium, from lātus ("wide, extensive") + fundus ("ground, base, estate, farm") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Feyga Lejbowiczowa (d. 1730) was active mainly in the Konskowola section of the Sieniawski latifundium, owned and operated by the magnate noblewoman, Elzbieta Sieniawska.

    Poland: Early Modern (1500-1795).

  • Sicilia is at peace, charge of it given permanently to Marcus Agrippa, the only one gifted with an old-style latifundium there.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • 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.

    Castro Gives Fifth FEU Congress Address

  • 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.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • 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.

    25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CDR

  • It nationalized the large latifundium and brought many social benefits.

    25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CDR

  • Historically, latifundium and unemployment forced thousands of families to come to these mountains and the cultivation technology was to cut down the trees.

    COMMEMORATION OF CHILDREN'S DAY

  • 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

    12TH BULGARIAN KIMSOMOL CONGRESS

  • What would have happened if it had split latifundium?

    SECOND NATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE ANAP-CLOSING

  • 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

    THE HAVANA DECLARATION

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