proprietarian

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noun

pro·​pri·​e·​tar·​i·​an
prəˌprīəˈta(a)rēən
plural -s
1
: an advocate of proprietary government
2
[propriety + -arian] : a stickler for the proprieties

proprietarian

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adjective

: relating to or belonging to or characteristic of the propertied class
opposed to proletarian
sending proletarian winners of scholarships to proprietarian public schools … and absorbing them into the service of the capitalist classG. B. Shaw

Word History

Etymology

Noun

proprietary entry 2 + -an

Adjective

from proprietariat, after English proletariat : proletarian

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“Proprietarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proprietarian. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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