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lumpen

adjective lum·pen \ ˈlu̇m-pən , ˈləm- \

Definition of lumpen

1 : 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
2 : plebeian 2

Examples of lumpen in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of lumpen

German Lumpenproletariat degraded section of the proletariat, from Lump contemptible person (from Lumpen rags) + Proletariat


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lumpen

noun

Definition of lumpen

plural lumpen also lumpens
: a member of the crude and uneducated lowest class of society

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First Known Use of lumpen

1941


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