Definition of underclass
: the lowest social stratum usually made up of disadvantaged minority groups
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As Eloise Clevenger and Kennedy Williamson left the field Thursday at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse underclass tournament, the two Baltimore Girls’ Command Division players greeted friends and family members.
Nurse has been a starter since her freshman season, a mainstay on two national title teams as an underclass player.
The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles.
Further, ICE officials and agents face a difficult task in trying to enforce a broken immigration system that has allowed the exploitation of an underclass created by a lack of sound lawmaking.
Phoenix, once so new, the city of tomorrow, is now hobbled by miles of linear slums — older single-family house subdivisions — and a massive underclass served, if that’s the word, by some of the most underfunded schools in the nation.
The office, like the last, catered to the underclass.
Each year the convocation honors graduating seniors and underclass students who have excelled academically, displayed excellent leadership skills and shown dedication to the university and community through outstanding service initiatives.
The offense has fourth-year senior quarterback Kaylee Messina, who has thrown 40 touchdown passes, surrounded by a stable of skilled underclass players.
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Definition of underclass for English Language Learners
: a social class made up of people who are very poor and have very little power or chance to improve their lives : the lowest social class
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