lumpen

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

Definition of lumpen 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

lumpen

noun
plural lumpen also lumpens

Definition of lumpen (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of the crude and uneducated lowest class of society

Examples of lumpen in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In lieu of feet, the piece has a tail, an assemblage of lumpen clay, perhaps an allusion to the demonization of the destitute and the displaced. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "Huma Bhabha’s Postapocalyptic Tableau," 18 May 2018 But there are far more ordinary, lumpen Russians driving Ubers and working as nannies — or going to universities or writing software — than there are billionaire oligarchs who own English soccer teams. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "From posh oligarchs to taxis drivers, Russians in London feel a chill," 20 Apr. 2018 With fewer migrant workers, firms might be forced to train lumpen locals and invest more in technology, thus improving Britain’s poor productivity. The Economist, "How will British firms replace departing European workers?," 13 Jan. 2018 Moreover, the deep meaning of the generational divide in Christian America is that the electorate, mercifully, is more dynamic than the lumpen logic of tribal politics suggests. The Economist, "The evangelical divide," 12 Oct. 2017 In it, Nixon looks older, smaller, a bit lumpen, less socialized. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Cynthia Nixon’s “Emily Thing”," 15 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of lumpen

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lumpen

Adjective

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

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