Definition of landlordism in English:



  • [mass noun] The system whereby land (or property) is owned by landlords to whom tenants pay a fixed rent.

    ‘the abolition of landlordism’
    ‘absentee landlordism’
    • ‘The cumulative effect of all these landlord combinations sustained Irish landlordism into the early twentieth century.’
    • ‘Political movements used the fair day gatherings to whip up support for their policies, and this was particularly true of the ‘land leaguers’ during the struggle against landlordism.’
    • ‘We enacted laws to curb landlordism and give bonded labourers the land they had given their blood, sweat and tears for.’
    • ‘The landed magnates of Irish landlordism found themselves at the head of Ulster's Protestant democracy.’
    • ‘Here again the ‘tendency’ of landlordism was not merely overcome but reversed by other processes.’
    • ‘It contained no mention of land or of landlordism.’
    • ‘There is no such thing as a society free of landlordism when the benefits of publicly-created land values are privately appropriated.’
    • ‘This only served to exacerbate landlordism, the impoverishment of the peasantry and the deep-seated hostility to the British occupation.’
    • ‘If they go and start restricting individuals owning multiple homes in different cities or towns (which could be seen as absentee landlordism, and would affect me), I would have to seriously consider my future in my homeland.’
    • ‘Because it relied on a technically flawed assessment formula and failed to allow for lean years, the tax unintentionally favored absentee landlordism and caused great hardship and loss to small working farmers.’
    • ‘The Land League challenged not only landlordism but also the forces of law and order that supported this ancient institution.’
    • ‘Though the actual economic and social consequences of the 1881 Act are debatable, at the very least it must be seen as a crucial step in the gradual erosion of landlordism in Ireland.’
    • ‘Given the increasing friction between landlords and tenants after mid-century, it took only one or two examples of callous landlordism to give a bad name to other proprietors unless they were extraordinarily benevolent.’
    • ‘Painting a picture of benevolent landlordism, the ILC's spokesmen often stressed the amounts of money spent on agricultural improvements over the years.’
    • ‘No Minister in any Irish Government was going to ride rough-shod over the aspirations and cherished values and traditions of people who had enough of landlordism and foreign dictatorship in the long history of this land.’
    • ‘To close the door on the holding which the family had held through landlordism and famine must have been a traumatic experience, but Anthony and his wife Ellie, together with their young family, set out full of hope and courage.’
    • ‘Such views, however, stemmed more from Mitchel's hatred of capitalism and landlordism than from any coherent socialist ideology.’
    • ‘For his part Lord Courtown boasted that the PDA was defending not only landlordism but also the union and the British empire against Irish revolutionaries.’
    • ‘His long-term aim to reconcile declining landlordism with advancing nationalism failed totally.’
    • ‘After all, Land League leaders had made clear that their long-term goal was to eliminate landlordism, no matter how benevolent individual owners might be.’