the bourgeoisie


: the middle class of society : the social class of skilled workers, business and professional people, and government officials

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Recent Examples on the Web The communist revolutions in China and Vietnam played functionally the same role as the rise of the bourgeoisie in nineteenth-century Europe. Branko Milanovic, Foreign Affairs, 10 Dec. 2019 French absorption painting came to seem as phony as the bourgeoisie itself, another product offering bottled AuthenticityTM. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 Both her brushstroke and figures resemble the caricatures of Honoré Daumier, a political cartoonist who skewered the bourgeoisie in 19th-century France. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 And just the unease of the best people in the bourgeoisie. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 3 Sep. 2023 Karl Marx once said that the bourgeoisie produces its own gravediggers. Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Foreign Affairs, 4 Dec. 2019 Like many an archenemy of the bourgeoisie, Jünger came from a thoroughly bourgeois background. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 For one thing, the older, restrictive model of literacy as an elite prerogative proved to be tenacious, even as, in early modern Europe, reading spread among the bourgeoisie, and then further down the social ladder. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 21 June 2023 This is not Dubai or Tokyo, but Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, where a socialist revolution once promised equality and an end to the bourgeoisie. Frances Robles Adriana Loureiro Fernandez, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2023

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“The bourgeoisie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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