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[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh m] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di əm/
noun, plural latifundia
[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di ə/ (Show IPA).
Roman History.
a great estate.
Origin of latifundium
1620-30; < Latin, equivalent to lāt(us) wide, broad + -i- -i- + fund(us) a piece of land, farm, estate + -ium -ium Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The latifundia were themselves effects of the policy of conquest and annexation.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • The situation is scarcely better in parts of the country which are free from latifundia.

  • The ‘latifundia perdidere’ the Antilles, as they did Italy of old.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • The decrease of the rural working population is marked also in England where, as well known, latifundia property reigns supreme.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • Rome and Italy were poorest off for food at the time when the whole soil of Italy was held by about 3,000 latifundia owners.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • On the field of agriculture it promotes, as the Rome of old, the latifundia ownership with all its sequences.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • In many cases it also promotes, as in ancient Rome, the latifundia ownership with all its results.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Heisterbergk827 thinks that the latifundia were not produced by economic causes, but by vanity and ostentation.


    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for latifundia


noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
a large agricultural estate, esp one worked by slaves in ancient Rome
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lātus broad + fundus farm, estate
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