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Definition of bourgeoisie

1 : middle class members of the bourgeoisie also  plural in construction : members of the middle class how the bourgeoisie are represented in the novel
2 : a class or group of people with social behavior and political views held to be influenced by private-property interest : a social order dominated by capitalists or bourgeois (see bourgeois entry 2 sense 2)

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This is in part because of what the films are about, or not about — Rohmer’s lovelorn bourgeoisie do not engage in Godardian radical sloganeering. Christine Smallwood, New York Times, "The Strange, Enduring Appeal of Biarritz," 14 May 2018 By 1900, shutterbugs in these Latin American capitals were snapping plush urban parks in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, spaces of leisure for the new bourgeoisie. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 Having it all District VII would have been a grand place to be in 1910, when the city’s grand bourgeoisie rubbed elbows with louche literati. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 All these high places, the upper class or the bourgeoisie … all of this Western construct is falling apart. Catherine Annie Hollingsworth, miamiherald, "New voices showcased in Miami Light Project's Here & Now: 2018," 3 June 2018 The association of the nobility attracted the Dutch bourgeoisie to the format in the 17th century. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018 Meticulousness was a virtue among Philadelphia’s black bourgeoisie, the anxious world into which Locke was born. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 However, in a Marxist revolution, the proletariat will come together to overthrow the bourgeoisie and ultimately, win the class conflict by taking control over their work, or striking. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Karl Marx: Meet the Anti-Capitalist Scholar," 10 May 2018 But social housing undermined the position of landlords, and the bourgeoisie felt targeted by taxes on conspicuous consumption. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "How neoliberalism shapes the global economy and limits the power of democracies," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bourgeoisie

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bourgeoisie

French, from bourgeois

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