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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
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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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And so all over the world two classes were forming, with an unbridged chasm between them--the capitalist class, with its enormous fortunes, and the proletariat, bound into slavery by unseen chains.
Ostrinski explained the organization of the party, the machinery by which the proletariat was educating itself.
Well, the superfluous proletariat destroyed, there will remain a population of capitalists living on gratuitous imports and served by a disaffected retinue.
And yet I don't suppose that ten per cent of the proletariat live correctly.
Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinctive feature: it has simplified the class antagonisms: Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes, directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.
And there were days that packed into the space of a few hours the concentrated essence of a music-hall knock-about sketch, an earthquake, a football scrummage, and the rush-hour on the Tube; when the office was full of shouting men, when strange figures dived in and out and banged doors like characters in an old farce, and Harold, the proud office-boy, lost his air of being on the point of lunching with a duke at the club and perspired like one of the proletariat.
traditions of his species, this leader of the proletariat was finally
I know that the Church has lost the--what you call the proletariat.
The proletariat seem to me to be the minors of a nation, and ought to remain in a condition of tutelage.
He could see that she was vastly impressed by this vague talk, so he endorsed his pose by random insinuations concerning great wealth, and mentioned familiarly a few names that are handled reverently by the proletariat.
We are members of that intellectual proletariat, the increasing numbers of which mark in red lettering the last days of the nineteenth century.
They will exhaust themselves struggling against their proletariat.