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pet·it bourgeois

 (pĕt′ē, pə-tē′)
n.
A member of the petite bourgeoisie.

[French petit-bourgeois : petit, small + bourgeois, bourgeois.]

pet·it′-bour·geois′ adj.

petit bourgeois

(ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑː; French pəti burʒwa)
n, pl petits bourgeois (ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑːz; French pəti burʒwa)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called: petite bourgeoisie or petty bourgeoisie the section of the middle class with the lowest social status, generally composed of shopkeepers, lower clerical staff, etc
2. (Sociology) a member of this stratum
adj
(Sociology) of, relating to, or characteristic of the petit bourgeois, esp indicating a sense of self-righteousness and a high degree of conformity to established standards of behaviour
Also: petty bourgeois

pe•tit bour•geois

(pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑ; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑ)

n., pl. pe•tits bour•geois (pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑz; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑz)
a person who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.
[1855–60; < French]
petit′-bourgeois′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petit bourgeois - a member of the lower middle class
petite bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie, petit bourgeois - lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.)
bourgeois, burgher - a member of the middle class
2.petit bourgeois - lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.)
bourgeoisie, middle class - the social class between the lower and upper classes
petit bourgeois - a member of the lower middle class
Translations

petit bourgeois

[ˌpetɪˈbʊəʒwɑː]
A. ADJpequeñoburgués
B. Npequeñoburgués/esa m/f

petit bourgeois

petty bourgeois [ˌpɛtiˈbʊərʒwɑː] adjpetit-bourgeois(petite-bourgeoise)

petit bourgeois

nKleinbürger(in) m(f)
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was an additional bit of malice from that incorrigible aesthete, who claimed only to find escape from himself in raging verbal debauchery and in whose bulging eyes the world of the bourgeoisie--from which in reality he never broke free--was a flat caricature; thus the petits bourgeois laugh at themselves, making vapid jokes about cuckolds in the Cafe du Commerce.
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