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petty bourgeois

noun

Definition of petty bourgeois

  1. :  a member of the social class that is between the middle class and the lower class :  a member of the lower middle class



Word by Word Definitions

pettyplay
  1. :  having secondary rank or importance :  minor, subordinate

    :  having little or no importance or significance

    :  marked by or reflective of narrow interests and sympathies :  small-minded

bourgeoisplay
  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the social middle class

    :  marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity

    :  dominated by commercial and industrial interests :  capitalistic

  1. :  burgher

    :  a middle-class person

    :  a person with social behavior and political views held to be influenced by private-property interest :  capitalist


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