adjective lum·pen \ˈlm-pən, ˈləm-\

Definition of LUMPEN

:  of or relating to dispossessed and uprooted individuals cut off from the economic and social class with which they might normally be identified <lumpen proletariat> <lumpen intellectuals>
:  plebeian 2

Examples of LUMPEN

  1. <a kind of music that has traditionally appealed to the lumpen segment of the musical audience>

Origin of LUMPEN

German Lumpenproletariat degraded section of the proletariat, from Lump contemptible person (from Lumpen rags) + Proletariat
First Known Use: 1936


plural lumpen also lumpens

Definition of LUMPEN

:  a member of the crude and uneducated lowest class of society

First Known Use of LUMPEN



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