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ghetto

noun [C] uk   /ˈɡet.əʊ/ us    /ˈɡet̬.oʊ/ ( plural ghettos or ghettoes)
an area of a city, especially a very poor area, where people of a particular race or religion live closely together and apart from other people: As a child she lived in one of New York's poorest ghettos. to live in ghetto conditions in the past, an area of a city where Jews were made to live a part of society or group that is in some way divided from the main part: Brought up in what he describes as "a middle class ghetto", he imagined that all people were as privileged as he was.
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