plebeian


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ple·be·ian

 (plĭ-bē′ən)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the common people of ancient Rome: a plebeian magistrate.
2. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of commoners.
3. Unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar: plebeian tastes.
n.
1. One of the common people of ancient Rome.
2. A member of the lower classes.
3. A vulgar or coarse person.

[From Latin plēbius, from plēbs, plēb-, the common people; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

ple·be′ian·ism n.
ple·be′ian·ly adv.

plebeian

(pləˈbiːən)
adj
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or characteristic of the common people, esp those of Rome
2. lacking refinement; vulgar: plebeian tastes.
n
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) one of the common people, esp one of the Roman plebs
4. a person who is coarse or lacking in discernment
[C16: from Latin plēbēius belonging to the people, from plēbs the common people of ancient Rome]
pleˈbeianˌism n

ple•be•ian

(plɪˈbi ən)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the common people.
2. of or pertaining to the ancient Roman plebs.
3. common, commonplace, or vulgar.
n.
4. a member of the common people.
5. a member of the ancient Roman plebs.
[1525–35; < Latin plēbēi(us) of the plebs (adj. derivative of plēbē(s) plebs) + -an1]
ple•be′ian•ism, n.
ple•be′ian•ly, adv.
ple•be′ian•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plebeian - one of the common people
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
anti-intellectual, lowbrow, philistine - a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
Adj.1.plebeian - of or associated with the great masses of peopleplebeian - of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"

plebeian

adjective
1. common, working-class, lower-class, proletarian, ignoble, lowborn a man who rose to greatness but never forgot his plebeian past
common upper-class, aristocratic, high-class, patrician, highborn
2. uncultivated, mean, low, base, coarse, vulgar, unrefined, non-U (Brit. informal) He had a cockney accent and an alarmingly plebeian manner.
uncultivated polished, refined, cultivated, well-bred
noun
1. commoner, peasant, proletarian, common man, man in the street, pleb, prole (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.) the history of class struggles, plebeians against patricians

plebeian

adjective
Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
noun
The common people.Used in plural:
common (used in plural), commonality, commonalty, commoner (used in plural), crowd, hoi polloi, mass (used in plural), mob, pleb (used in plural), populace, public, ruck, third estate.
Translations
plebeiji
plebejus

plebeian

[plɪˈbiːən]
A. ADJplebeyo (pej) → ordinario
B. Nplebeyo/a m/f

plebeian

adjplebejisch
nPlebejer(in) m(f)

plebeian

[plɪˈbiːən] adj & nplebeo/a
References in classic literature ?
Thither, too, thronged the plebeian classes as freely as their betters, and in larger number.
Deep ruffs, painfully wrought bands, and gorgeously embroidered gloves, were all deemed necessary to the official state of men assuming the reins of power, and were readily allowed to individuals dignified by rank or wealth, even while sumptuary laws forbade these and similar extravagances to the plebeian order.
But when, as in the case of Nicholas the Czar, the ringed crown of geographical empire encircles an imperial brain; then, the plebeian herds crouch abased before the tremendous centralization.
I had forgotten I was a plebeian, I was remembering I was a man.
The fact that this young woman had never moistened the selvedge edge of her soul with a less plebeian tipple than champagne, had a marked and subduing effect on Harris.
Some attempts had been made, I noticed, to infuse new blood into this dwindling frame, by repairing the costly old wood-work here and there with common deal; but it was like the marriage of a reduced old noble to a plebeian pauper, and each party to the ill-assorted union shrunk away from the other.
Pocket to be brought up from her cradle as one who in the nature of things must marry a title, and who was to be guarded from the acquisition of plebeian domestic knowledge.
So these the late Heav'n-banisht Host, left desert utmost Hell Many a dark League, reduc't in careful Watch Round thir Metropolis, and now expecting Each hour their great adventurer from the search Of Forrein Worlds: he through the midst unmarkt, In shew plebeian Angel militant Of lowest order, past; and from the dore Of that PLUTONIAN Hall, invisible Ascended his high Throne, which under state Of richest texture spred, at th' upper end Was plac't in regal lustre.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
But as we ascend in the social scale, the process of discriminating and being discriminated by hearing increases in difficulty, partly because voices are assimilated, partly because the faculty of voice-discrimination is a plebeian virtue not much developed among the Aristocracy.
The people had made no demonstration for the princes, but they had risen for Broussel; they were taking the part of a plebeian and in defending Broussel they instinctively felt they were defending themselves.
As we were so closely connected, and on the whole were affectionate as became brothers and sisters, it was the common wish that we might not be separated, but go together into the same wardrobe, let it be foreign or domestic, that of prince or plebeian.