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

Definition of peasantry

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

Examples of peasantry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After his 2016 election, Moïse quickly lost all credibility because of a corruption scandal, with all sectors of the Haitian population – its small political elite class, the wealthy, the middle classes and the broad peasantry. Patrick D Bellegarde-smith, The Conversation, 12 July 2021 The war in Vietnam was fought in the name of the Vietnamese peasantry, yet Hayslip is perhaps the only Vietnamese American author of that background. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 The occasion was the birth anniversary of Sir Chhotu Ram, a Hindu Jat leader widely revered by the peasantry in Punjab. Arunabh Saikia, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2021 By a visual code most Koreans know, Yeun’s pale skin and delicate features connote cosmopolitanism, while my dark, mushier features evoke the rural peasantry. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 Critics say the purpose of Soviet leader Josef Stalin was not simply to rush industrial development, but also to destroy the traditional life and values of the Russian peasantry. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Aug. 2020 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, 23 Apr. 2020 Some 50,000 French soldiers are stationed nearby; supplying them leaves little food for the peasantry. The Economist, 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, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of peasantry

circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peasantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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