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pro·le·tar·i·at

 (prō′lĭ-târ′ē-ĭt)
n.
1.
a. The class of industrial wage earners who, possessing neither capital nor production means, must earn their living by selling their labor.
b. The poorest class of working people.
2. The propertyless class of ancient Rome, constituting the lowest class of citizens.

[French prolétariat, from Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens; see proletarian.]

proletariat

(ˌprəʊlɪˈtɛərɪət) or

proletariate

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) all wage-earners collectively
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the lower or working class
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Marxist theory) the class of wage-earners, esp industrial workers, in a capitalist society, whose only possession of significant material value is their labour
4. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) the lowest class of citizens, who had no property
[C19: via French from Latin prōlētārius proletarian]

pro•le•tar•i•at

(ˌproʊ lɪˈtɛər i ət)

n.
1. (esp. in Marxist theory) the class of workers, esp. industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive.
2. (esp. in ancient Rome) the lowest or poorest class of citizens, possessing no property.
[1850–55; < French prolétariat; < Latin proletarius belonging to the lowest class of citizens; see -ate3]

proletariat

The class in society who make a living by selling their labor and possess no capital.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proletariat - a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wagesproletariat - a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
labor force, labor pool - the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
lumpenproletariat - (Marxism) the unorganized lower levels of the proletariat who are not interested in revolutionary advancement
organized labor - employees who are represented by a labor union
prole, proletarian, worker - a member of the working class (not necessarily employed); "workers of the world--unite!"

proletariat

noun working class, the masses, lower classes, commoners, the herd, wage-earners, lower orders, the common people, hoi polloi, plebs, the rabble, the great unwashed (derogatory), labouring classes, proles (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.), commonalty a struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat
upper class, aristocracy, nobility, gentry, peerage, ruling class, upper crust (informal), aristos (informal)
Translations
proletariát
alaluokkapalkansaajatproletaaritproletariaattityöväenluokka

proletariat

[ˌprəʊləˈtɛərɪət] Nproletariado m

proletariat

[ˌprəʊlɪˈtɛəriət] nprolétariat m
the proletariat → le prolétariatpro-life [ˌprəʊˈlaɪf] adjcontre l'avortement

proletariat

nProletariat nt

proletariat

[ˌprəʊləˈtɛərɪət] nproletariato
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