Definition of proletariat
1 : the laboring class; especially : the class of industrial workers who lack their own means of production and hence sell their labor to live
2 : the lowest social or economic class of a community
Examples of proletariat in a Sentence
the Bolsheviks believed that Russia's discontented proletariat made that nation ripe for revolution
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On July 15th a Soviet-era statue of Friedrich Engels was installed in Manchester, where the Marxist thinker lived and wrote about the condition of the proletariat.
Merridale writes, but to undermine the provisional government and establish a dictatorship in the name of the proletariat.
Red Army troops beat and starved the proletariat into submission.
The Chevrolet Bolt, the proletariat machine that beat his nascent Model 3 to market by the better part of a year, is, well, not bolting at all.
If Rubchinskiy and Gvasalia are dressing us as members of the proletariat, Sergeenko’s clothes are an odd conflation of peasants and princesses — the garb of the former with the price tags of the latter.
Proudly declaring uncompromising war on art under the dictatorship of the proletariat, Comrade Olsen sells his works without hesitation.
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Origin and Etymology of proletariat
French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius
First Known Use: 1847See Words from the same year
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