peasantry

noun
peas·​ant·​ry | \ ˈpe-zᵊn-trē How to pronounce peasantry (audio) \

Definition of peasantry

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The peasants who remained in the countryside were often able to take their pick of unused land, increasing the power of the landed peasantry and boosting the rural economy. National Geographic, "Indeed, historians have argued that the Black Death paved the way for a new wave of opportunity, creativity, and wealth from which would flourish the art, culture, and ideas of the Renaissance, and the beginnings of a recognizably modern Europe.," 23 Apr. 2020 Some 50,000 French soldiers are stationed nearby; supplying them leaves little food for the peasantry. The Economist, "A Flemish Robin Hood Armchair travel and “Thieves of the Wood”," 8 Apr. 2020 Marxism in its origins primarily focused on the industrial proletariat, but Mao’s model, unlike the one that guided Lenin and the Russian revolutionaries to victory, suggested that the peasantry could become the revolutionary social class. Julian Gewirtz, Harper's Magazine, "To Rebel Is Justified," 30 Mar. 2020 Virtually all the books, however, demonstrate Simenon’s lasting fondness for and understanding of the country peasantry and the urban working classes. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 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 Virtually all the books, however, demonstrate Simenon’s lasting fondness for and understanding of the country peasantry and the urban working classes. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of peasantry

circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peasantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peasantry. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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