slum·​lord | \ ˈsləm-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce slumlord (audio) \

Definition of slumlord

: a landlord who receives unusually large profits from substandard, poorly maintained properties

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the recurring characters was the troupe’s first antagonist, Uncle Fatso, whose roles included a slumlord and allegorical representations of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 But as Max points out in his summation, Dalton also made those millions as a slumlord, charging black people more and refusing to rent to them beyond their segregated enclave. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, 1 Oct. 2020 For decades, out-of-state property investors and slumlords have been able to hide their identities behind LLCs in particular, and shirk responsibility for problems at their rentals. Rebecca Lurye,, 31 Oct. 2019 There’s the notorious advertisement labeling primary opponent Scott Wagner a deadbeat dad and a slumlord. Julian Routh,, 7 May 2018 Perhaps one day, over a cup of tea at your kitchen table, one of them told you about her harrowing journey across the ocean from a poor country far away to find refuge in a cramped, barely furnished apartment in Chicago, owned by a slumlord. Dahleen Glanton,, 24 Sep. 2019 On his return to Hartford, Kessler convened a meeting with clergy and slumlords from the North End of Hartford to demand better housing conditions. Anne M. Hamilton,, 16 June 2019 Some investors say the scheme turned them into unwitting slumlords. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, 12 July 2019 Donald Trump, the slumlord turned reality television reject currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of slumlord

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slumlord

slum entry 1 + landlord

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“Slumlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slumlord

: a person who owns a building with apartments that are in bad condition and rents them to poor people

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