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proletariat

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noun pro·le·tar·i·at \ˌprō-lə-ˈter-ē-ət, -ē-ˌat\

Definition of proletariat

  1. 1 :  the laboring class; especially :  the class of industrial workers who lack their own means of production and hence sell their labor to live

  2. 2 :  the lowest social or economic class of a community



Examples of proletariat

  1. <the Bolsheviks believed that Russia's discontented proletariat made that nation ripe for revolution>



Origin of proletariat

French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius


First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with proletariat




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