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[land-lawr-diz-uh m] /ˈlænd lɔrˌdɪz əm/
the practice under which privately owned property is leased or rented to others for occupancy or cultivation.
Origin of landlordism
First recorded in 1835-45; landlord + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What a wonderful history lies in this episode of Irish landlordism.

  • English landlordism was based on the idea of divine right of property.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • Of course, landlordism, which you have read so much of, is at its worst in the case of the tenement-houses.

    Through the Eye of the Needle William Dean Howells
  • If landlordism was the curse of England, why be angry that you were not asked to be a landlord?

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Does landlordism give you control of the immortal souls of those that toil for you?

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • Irish landlordism makes African slavery a virtue by comparison.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • landlordism is built on the dreadful wrong of sharing with Capitalism the plunder of Labour.

  • This is the only labor-saving machine Irish landlordism has ever produced.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • The heretofore obsequious Orangemen will refuse to respond to the tocsin of landlordism.

    Seven Short Plays Lady Gregory
  • The panic among all classes connected with "landlordism" is on the increase.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
British Dictionary definitions for landlordism


the system by which land under private ownership is rented for a fixed sum to tenants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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