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 for Tenement
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tenement \Ten"e*ment\, n. [OF. tenement a holding, a fief, F.
     t[`e]nement, LL. tenementum, fr. L. tenere to hold. See
     1. (Feud. Law) That which is held of another by service;
        property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in
        consideration of some military or pecuniary service; fief;
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     2. (Common Law) Any species of permanent property that may be
        held, so as to create a tenancy, as lands, houses, rents,
        commons, an office, an advowson, a franchise, a right of
        common, a peerage, and the like; -- called also free
        tenements or frank tenements.
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              The thing held is a tenement, the possessor of it a
              "tenant," and the manner of possession is called
              "tenure."                             --Blackstone.
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     3. A dwelling house; a building for a habitation; also, an
        apartment, or suite of rooms, in a building, used by one
        family; often, a house erected to be rented.
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     4. Fig.: Dwelling; abode; habitation.
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              Who has informed us that a rational soul can inhabit
              no tenement, unless it has just such a sort of
              frontispiece?                         --Locke.
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     5. A tenement house.
     Tenement house, commonly, a dwelling house erected for the
        purpose of being rented, and divided into separate
        apartments or tenements for families. The term is often
        applied to apartment houses occupied by poor families,
        often overcrowded and in poor condition.
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     Syn: House; dwelling; habitation.
     Usage: Tenement, House. There may be many houses under
            one roof, but they are completely separated from each
            other by party walls. A tenement may be detached by
            itself, or it may be part of a house divided off for
            the use of a family. In modern usage, a tenement or
            tenement house most commonly refers to the meaning
            given for tenement house, above.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
           [syn: tenement, tenement house]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "tenement":
     Augean stables, acres, apartment, apartment house, chambers,
     chattels real, cold-water flat, condominium,
     cooperative apartment house, demesne, domain, dump, duplex,
     duplex apartment, duplex house, flat, flats, garden apartment,
     grounds, high-rise apartment building, hole, honor, hovel, land,
     landed property, lands, lodgings, lot, lots, manor, messuage,
     parcel, penthouse, pesthole, pigpen, pigsty, plague spot, plat,
     plot, praedium, property, quadrat, railroad flat, real estate,
     real property, realty, rental, rookery, rooms, set of rooms, slum,
     stable, sty, suite, tenements, the slums, toft, warren

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TENEMENT, estates. In its most extensive signification tenement comprehends 
  every thing which may be holden, provided it be of a permanent nature; and 
  not only lands and inheritances which are holden, but also rents and profits 
  a prendre of which a man has any frank tenement, and of which he may be 
  seised ut de libero tenemento, are included under this term. Co. Litt. 6 a; 
  1 Tho. Co. Litt. 219; Pork. s. 114; 2 Bl. Com. 17. But the word tenements 
  simply, without other circumstances, has never been construed to pass a fee. 
  10 Wheat. 204. In its more confined and vulgar acceptation, it means a house 
  or building. Ibid. an 1 Prest. on Est. 8. Vide 4 Bing. 293; S C. l1 Eng. C. 
  L. Rep. 207; 1 T. R. 358; 3 T. R. 772; 3 East, R. 113; 5 East, R. 239; 
  Burn's Just. Poor, 525 to 541; 1 B. & Adolph. 161; S. C. 20 Eng. C. L. Rep. 
  36 8; Com. Dig. Grant, E 2; Trespass, A 2; Wood's Inst. 120; Babington on 
  Auctions, 211, 212. 

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