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Meaning: an area where poor people live close together

For example:

  • Those slums on the hills of Rio are right next to the wealthiest suburbs.

  • The government calls slums "high-density informal urban settlements" now.

Note: Also "favela" (in Brazil only) and "shanty town".

Quick Quiz:

If you call someone's home or district a "slum", you might

a. upset them

b. make them poor

c. make them feel proud

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Contributor: Matt Errey