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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)

Examples of bourgeoisie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the shortcoming that shocks the most is that of the borghesia liberale, the liberal bourgeoisie, imbued with 19th-century ideals—a love of nation, individualism, and an economy free of government intervention. Anna Momigliano, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2022 The Soviet Union quickly became a party dictatorship ruled by a narrow elite whose murderous oppression cannot be compared to anything the bourgeoisie had done. Richard M. Reinsch Ii, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 But where Wilder dripped acid on romance and Buñuel roasted the bourgeoisie, Almodóvar’s movies are rarely cynical. New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 In the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, a poor black person cannot be free. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, 1 Feb. 2022 The internal conflict between Lorraine the Village radical and Lorraine the daughter of the Chicago bourgeoisie would become a familiar and painful one. Blair Mcclendon, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 The Chinese bourgeoisie, growing rich from the country's property and banking industries, is developing expensive tastes — and not just for sports cars and designer bags. The Week Staff, The Week, 5 Aug. 2019 At their local bourgeoisie, or their local dictator. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 What would the Dutch master make of his posthumous fame among the bourgeoisie and the billionaires alike? John Banville, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 See More

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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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“Bourgeoisie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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