plebeianism


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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.

plebeianism

the quality of having common manners, character, or style. — plebeian, n., adj.
See also: Behavior
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It was a fair parallel between new Plebeianism and old Gentility.
His egotism was never flagrant or tiresome--he was never crude in it, for crudeness was a plebeianism that the Hon.
But then as the novel fissures James transposes Hyacinth's conflict onto his relations with the Princess and Millicent Henning until both betray him sexually, and in that misogynist diversion degrades both the Princess's socialism and Millicent's plebeianism.