lower-class


lower-class
adjective
occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑low-class
Ant: ↑middle-class, ↑upper-class
Similar to:
See Also: ↑lowborn
Attrubites: ↑status, ↑position

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\\| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ adjective
Etymology: lower class
1. : of or relating to the lower class
2. : belonging to or associated with the lower class and its possession of or inclination toward such characteristics as a low material standard of living, social instability, little emphasis on convention and the proprieties, and a low level of personal ambition and of aspiration especially toward education — compare middle-class, upper-class
3. : being an inferior or low-ranking specimen of its kind : ranking low in some scale or by some standard

after a couple of summers of seasoning in lower-class minor circuits — L.E.Davis

an invitation to a lower-class embassy — Lillian Hellman

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/loh"euhr klas", -klahs"/, adj.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the lower class: lower-class values.
[1890-95]

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lowˈer-class adjective
Relating to people of low social class
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Main Entry:low

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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