peasantry

noun
peas·​ant·​ry | \ˈpe-zᵊn-trē \

Definition of peasantry 

1 : peasants

2 : the position, rank, or behavior of a peasant

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Then-leader Mao Zedong had ordered educated youth from politically influential families to be sent to the countryside to learn from the peasantry. Washington Post, "Trusted Xi ally a rising influence on China’s foreign policy," 19 May 2018 Karl Marx famously argued that the enclosure of common agricultural lands for private grazing, shutting out and impoverishing the peasantry, created a supply of labor for industry in towns: the first proletariat. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "A System in Denial," 16 Apr. 2018 Deprived of leadership, meeting places, offices, records, and sympathetic Socialist town councils, the landless peasantry became subject to the landowners’ conventional tactics of strike breaking and intimidation. Michael Ebner, Slate Magazine, "“This Is the Violence of Which I Approve”," 30 Jan. 2017 The Portuguese attacker's ego is far too enlarged to commit to the peasantry of tracking back anymore - so Karim fills in. SI.com, "FanView: Why Real Madrid's Karim Benzema Is the World's Most Underrated Striker," 10 Oct. 2017 After abortive attempts to incite the peasantry to revolution, the radical Russian intelligentsia came to place its hopes for a more open society in theatrical acts of terrorism, such as the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. David Sessions, New Republic, "The Radical Hopes of the Russian Revolution," 20 Sep. 2017 That growth lifted 500 million people out of poverty and vaulted generations of Chinese from peasantry into relatively well-paying manufacturing or service jobs. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Chinese spent $24B on US, other ‘golden visas’," 16 May 2017 That growth lifted 500 million people out of poverty and vaulted generations of Chinese from peasantry into relatively well-paying manufacturing or service jobs. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Chinese spent $24B on US, other ‘golden visas’," 16 May 2017 That growth lifted 500 million people out of poverty and vaulted generations of Chinese from peasantry into relatively well-paying manufacturing or service jobs. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Chinese spent $24B on US, other ‘golden visas’," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of peasantry

circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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